Advice from Martin Wallace

When most gamers think of Martin Wallace they think of trains!  Why trains?  Well two of his most popular games are Steam and Age of Steam – both very good games.  However, as most gamers know, the depth of Martin’s designs cover a wide spectrum of themes.  There is Automobile where you compete in the US automobile industry in the early 20th Century; there is Rise of Empires, a civilization/empire building game; there is London where you attempt to build up London after the Great Fire of 1666; and there is his latest release, A Few Acres of Snow, a two player deck building game based on the English/French conflict in North America.  Of course, Martin has designed many more board games and I suggest a look at BoardGameGeek to get more details.  Martin Wallace also is a game publisher and self publishes many of his games.  His company is called Tree Frog Games.

Without further ado, here are Martin Wallace’s three pieces of advice for aspiring gamers:

Hi Clive,

Sorry for the delay in replying – if I don’t reply immediately then stuff gets buried under a pile of other emails.

I wish I could give some incredible insight into the best way to get into the business of designing games. Unfortunately I think my advice will sound dull and trite, but it’s the best I can do.

1. Persistence – expect to get knocked back repeatedly before having a design published.

2. Ruthlessness – do not get too attached to a design, chucking bits of a game, or even the whole thing, can sometime be the best way forward.

3. Practice – which ties in with 1 and 2. Design is like writing or cooking or any other skill, you learn by practice.

Hope that is of use to you.




About Clive

Just an average guy who loves board games, movies, musics, books, comic books, video games and anything else fun.
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One Response to Advice from Martin Wallace

  1. David Short says:

    Simple, yet still helpful. Starting over is exactly what I’m doing with Mars:embarkation.

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