Back in January there was a link to our site on slashdot.com. My initial reaction was worry that we'd be overwhelmed with hits and a flood of traffic. Fortunately this wasn't the case but we did have a very sharp spike in visits for a few days. Several visitors were intrigued by the site but were rather overwhelmed by the games being discussed. Not having any idea of the sort of games regularly talked about in The Games Journal made it difficult to understand what the site was all about.

This is a similar problem to the one I often face when discussing the hobby to non-gamers. Namely how to describe "these games of ours" to someone who has very little experience in the world of gaming. To this end I've written the article "An Introduction to German Games". Probably not much use to our regular readers but hopefully newcomers will find it enlightening. If you think there's anything I should add, please send me an e-mail.

-Greg Aleknevicus

Perhaps one of the most impressive things about the boardgame industry in Germany is the quality of the self-published games. Look at the games of Doris & Frank (for example) and it's easy to forget that they're not a professional game company. (In fact, one could argue that the quality of their productions dictate that they are professionals.) Another fine example is Finger Weg von Mona Lisa! by Oliver Igelhaut.


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