The Power Of Distopia

“Newspeak”, ITB’s next Kickstarter title, is set in a disturbing near-future dystopia, where dissidents [REDACTED] the [REDACTED] and try to [REDACTED]. Details of this terrifying world are hidden deep within ITB’s high-security computer files… so for now, let’s look...

How To Steal (Like a Game Designer)

“Good artists copy, great artists steal”. Those are the iconic words of Pablo Picasso, an artist whose work is regarded as some of the most innovative and groundbreaking visual art of the 20th century. Picasso’s work changed the direction of early modern art, and...

A timeline of board gaming history

Board games mean something different to every person and culture in the world. For some they are a staple of family life. For others they signal vices like gambling and risk. But in our globalised world games of all form are a universal experience that have roots...

The Essen Factor: Germany’s Love of Tabletop

When it comes to the tabletop industry, most games fall under one of two categories; ‘Eurogame’ or ‘American-style’ (sometimes called Ameritrash by the more cynical). For most serious gamers, Eurogames make up the majority of our favourite games; the artfully...

Getting started as an RPG game master

For the last few weeks the ITB offices have been downing tools and spending one night a week immersed in a fantasy world of adventure and peril. Once a week the team (as well as our friend Paul from Apauling Games) get together for a game of D&D, where I act as...