Ludinam Convention Recap: Triumph of Dwarven Gaming

Ludinam 2023, board game convention in Besançon, France.

The Power of Collaboration: Refining Gameplay through Community Engagement

Greetings Dwarf friends!

We’re thrilled to be back from Ludinam, the extraordinary board game convention in Besançon, France, held on May 6th and 7th. It was an overwhelmingly positive experience for us, as we had the pleasure of engaging with enthusiastic playtesters who provided invaluable feedback to shape our upcoming board game about dwarves.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the playtesters who dedicated their time and effort to try out our game and share their thoughts. Their commitment and insightful inputs have been instrumental in refining the gameplay and mechanics, and we’re immensely grateful for their support.

Dwarven Adventures in Compact Form: Introducing the "Short Game" Mode

Dwarves Playtest at Ludinam 2023

During the convention, we introduced a “short game” mode, which proved to be a resounding success.

This new variant offers a condensed experience that can be completed in just one hour, making it ideal for introducing new players to the rich world of Dwarven strategy or for those seeking a quick and intense gaming session.

The “Short Game” mode captures the essence of Dwarven gameplay, condensing it into a thrilling and streamlined experience. While maintaining the strategic depth and immersive elements that define our game, this shortened version allows players to dive right into the action without sacrificing the intricate decision-making that makes the game so captivating.

At Ludinam, playtesters eagerly embraced this new mode, relishing the opportunity to fortify their strongholds and engage in epic battles—all within a fraction of the time required for a full-scale game. The “Short Game” mode received accolades for its accessibility, making it an ideal choice for players with limited time or those who prefer shorter gaming sessions.

In response to the positive feedback and enthusiasm surrounding the “Short Game” mode, we are thrilled to announce that it will be an integral part of the upcoming release.

Next Steps

1. Polishing the Visual Experience and Improving Graphic Consistency

Taking into account the invaluable feedback received, we’ve identified several key areas of improvement that we’re excited to tackle. Our to-do list includes addressing graphic inconsistencies, particularly in the icons, to ensure a cohesive visual aesthetic. We also plan to enhance the readability of maps and clan sheets by enlarging the text and rethinking the layout of graphic elements.

2. From Solo Ventures to Large Group Game Session: Ensuring an Engaging Experience for All

One crucial aspect we’re actively working on is the balance for different player counts. While we received positive feedback for the 4-player mode, we’re determined to create an equally satisfying experience for solo play, as well as 2, 3, and 5 player modes. This will ensure that all players, regardless of group size, can enjoy the game to its fullest.

3. Embracing Brilliant Ideas: Introducing the "Save Mode" for Epic Sessions

Additionally, we want to extend our gratitude to Kevin, one of our dedicated testers, for proposing a “save mode” for longer game sessions. We wholeheartedly agree that this is an excellent idea, and we’re excited to explore its implementation in order to enhance the overall gameplay experience.

Save the Date: Kickstarter Campaign Launch Announcement

Dwarves: The Fall Of Karnarak is planned to be launched on Kickstarter on April 2023

We’re also delighted to announce that we’ve set a tentative launch date for our Kickstarter campaign: April 17, 2024. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for updates as we continue to fine-tune and polish the game in preparation for this exciting crowdfunding endeavor.

Rallying Support: A Request for Engagement and Feedback

Lastly, we kindly ask our subscribers and supporters to leave a comment on the BoardGameGeek forum. As a small team of two passionate individuals working on this project alongside our family life and full-time jobs, your comments and engagement will not only provide valuable visibility to our project but will also be a tremendous source of motivation and encouragement.

Thank you for being part of this incredible journey with us, and together, let’s bring the world of dwarves to life on the tabletop!

About Us

We are 2 geeks living in Switzerland and passionate about board games and role playing games since childhood. We decided to realize our passion by designing our first game, Dwarves: The Fall Of Karnarak.

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