Question 3 for the Designers of Ore: The Mining Game

What do you find most unique about Ore, and what do you like best about the design?

Joe: The mining mechanic is definitely one of the most unique mechanics, and it’s been the key draw that I think gets people to sit down to play it at conventions. However, I think my favorite part is how well the mining mechanics work with the contracts mechanic. Both require you to plan a few turns ahead in order to be successful. It also adds a new layer of interaction with your fellow players, since you can see what resources they will be getting and what resources they need in the next few turns, and so you can intentionally block them in a mine or take their perfect contract in order to ruin their strategy.

Jason: Definitely the mining mechanic. The varying depths and productivity of each mine really add an completely new dimension to the decision making process.

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