Boardgames are beautiful
A couple of the Press who attended the UKGE 2019 are kickstarting a brand new, independent boardgames magazine! This is their press release:
The Kickstarter campaign for all-new board-gaming magazine Senet launches on 8th October.
Created by editor Dan Jolin (Empire, Tabletop Gaming) and creative director James Hunter (The Sunday Times), Senet is a high-quality print magazine that treats board gaming as seriously as other popular entertainments, such as cinema, TV or video games.
Senet is a magazine for people who love the artistry of modern board games, their engaging themes, their elegant mechanisms and their power to bring people together — whether they are new to the hobby, or veteran players and designers.
It celebrates the craft, creativity and community of board gaming, with previews of the most exciting upcoming games, reviews of the latest releases, and features which really get ‘under the lid’ of the board-gaming experience. Each issue will dive deep into what makes different gaming mechanisms work, and why certain themes are so popular and enduring.
The first issue will feature exclusive interviews with Elizabeth Hargrave, designer of the award-winning 2019 phenomenon Wingspan, and board-game artist Ian O’Toole (Lisboa, Pipeline, On Mars).
Senet is a high-production value publication which matches the visual and tactile experience of playing a great board game. It will be printed on high quality, heavy stock paper and feature striking illustration work by some fantastic artists, including Nick Newman (Private Eye, The Sunday Times), who has created Senet’s own mascot, Nubie, who will feature on Kickstarter-exclusive pin-badge rewards.
The magazine’s contributors include some of the best board-game writers in the business: Owen Duffy (The Board Game Book), Matt Thrower (Haynes Manual of Tabletop Gaming), Meeple Lady (boardgamemeeplelady.com) and Dan Thurot (Space-Biff). Also contributing will be Radio 1 film critic Ali Plumb, who is a major board-game fan, and Tristan Hall, designer of Gloom of Kilforth and 1066, Tears to Many Mothers, who will be sharing his insights from within the industry.
Dan Jolin: “Earlier this year, James approached me and suggested we combine our talents to launch a new board-gaming magazine. Which was a very interesting and exciting proposition, especially given the quality of James’ early design concepts. It made me think: what could it do that existing games magazines don’t already? Of course, you have to cover the biggest new releases and keep your readers informed about what amazing tabletop treats are coming over the horizon. But I wanted to go a step further, make it a magazine that really digs into what makes people love board games: the themes that immerse and inspire us, the ingenious mechanisms that hook us, and the art and visual design that impress us.
“We are currently in a golden age of tabletop gaming. Board games are the most popular category on Kickstarter, and the hobby has never been more popular. So it seemed to me this was an ideal opportunity to create a new magazine which dives deep into the hobby. And that’s why I’m confident we’ll find the necessary backing on Kickstarter to launch the first issue and get Senet off the ground.”
Senet magazine launches on Kickstarter on 8 October