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Board Game Design Day: Designing 'Race for the Galaxy': Making a Strategic Card Game

Speaker:

Tom Lehmann (Designer, Independent)

Location: Room 3020, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 20

Time: 11:20am - 12:20pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Board Game Design Day

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

In this talk, designer Tom Lehmann discusses his acclaimed card game 'Race for the Galaxy', touching on the title's design, history, and mechanisms. He will walk through its use of cards as resources, simultaneous play, luck mitigation via card-sifting, use of icons, and how ideas from economics and optimization theory influenced its design.

Takeaway

This presentation will include design approaches and practical tips for making card games, which may also translate to wider design lessons across digital and other games.

Intended Audience

This talk is aimed for anyone interested in strategy card games. Knowledge of 'Race for the Galaxy' is not needed, since Tom will explain how it works during his presentation.