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Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard: What I’m Playing

Believe it or not, we game designers do play games even in our down time! I'm a big fan of Smash Up and Love Letter, from AEG. I'm very excited about Loonacy from our pals at Looney Labs; I got to playtest it with them in Dallas last fall and this game is definitely a winner!

Lately, I've also been hooked on some really smooth iOS implementations of fun board games, including Lords of Waterdeep, Qwirkle, and Quarriors — all the fun and none of the setup time.

And, finally, if I'm allowed to plug my own company, I've been playing a lot of Castellan and Revolution! the past couple of months; they're both solid strategy games completely unlike Munchkin. That's probably one reason I like them!

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Powell’s Q&A: Andrew Hackard

Geek WeekDescribe your latest game/project/work.
Right now, we're in the middle of playtesting Munchkin Pathfinder. The Pathfinder RPG, from Paizo, is one of the most popular fantasy role-playing games on the market, and its rules and setting provide a rich background to draw from for the next Munchkin card game. "Playtesting," for those who don't know, is the process of trying a version of a game to see what works and what doesn't. It involves playing a game over and over, with small (or not-so-small) tweaks each time, ultimately leading to a game that's much better than it could have been otherwise.

What's the strangest or most interesting job you've ever had?
Other than this one, which is both the strangest and most interesting, I'd have to go with my first-ever summer job: cleaning industrial ice cream machines at the main manufacturing plant for a Texas-based grocery chain. It taught me a lot about the dignity of doing a necessary job well, even when that job is not what most people would consider glamorous or exciting. It also taught me that I did ...


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