I know you want to think otherwise, but there are more games out there then most of us have time to play. I know, bummer huh? Between a day job, commuting to said job, life and the other things that make being an adult….um…..fun……who has time to play all these games!?
Watch reviews and walk throughs! As our hobby grows there are more and more people creating great Youtube content for board games. There are loads of reviews and walk throughs for designers to watch. I can watch a walk through of a game, have a strong grasp of the rules, jump over and watch three or four reviewers give their thoughts about the game. The reviews will tell me what was good, what was bad and hopefully, give me some why as well. I can do all that in the space of 20-30 minutes. Over the course of a Saturday morning, I can learn about 4-5 new games. These are games that I may never get to play or may never want to play or very probably never even see a physical copy.
The point is, the amount of time designing demands, we need to find way to consume games as fast as possible. We are lucky enough to have content providers willing to give us an easy way to consume the mechanisms of many games and find out what people think about those games. There is nothing but benefits to watching reviews and walk throughs online and if you are a designer you should be watching as many as you can fit into your designing time.
If you have any comments or questions, leave a comment here or email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have made it this far, would you like to go a little farther? We have a regular Google hangout with other designers. We talk about the games we are working on and share helpful tips and ideas on how to make designing our game easier. We meetup every other Saturday. Either comment here or tweet me or email me and I will add you to the list and send you a link to the Google hangout.