Charley Miller is a game designer and producer based in New York City.
Avi Solomon: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Charley Miller: My name is Charley, I'm from Kentucky and I'm a game designer based in New York City. I split my time between personal game projects, teaching game design, and working with clients. The client work is split between game design and helping non-gaming projects think through their user experience. I think of myself as an ambassador of games right now because so many people want to gamify their product but most are doing it wrong by just adding static incentives. I'm currently working with a team on an iPhone location and social game about spreading viruses in the real world called Outbreaker—not as scary as it sounds—that plays with the idea of what it means to go viral. I'm also hoping to release games about running for President and walking the streets of NYC this year.
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My daughter, Poesy, is coming up on four years old and she's starting to enjoy rolling dice and counting the pips, so we figured it was time to start thinking about board games. My wife, being the games professional in the family, asked on Twitter for recommendations and did a monster roundup of what all the game-type people in her social circle recommend. I'm dubious about some of these choices (if my kid falls in love with Monopoly or Candyland or Snakes and Ladders and demands that I play them with her at great length, there will be trouble), but others look like good fun for grownups and little people. We recently went for a weekend away with a bunch of friends from the games industry and were overawed by the sheer volume of killer board-games that filled the rental house. I'm really looking forward to Poesy being old enough to play Elefanten Parade, and (especially) Waldschattenspiel, an absolutely beautiful and extremely fun game for one adult and two or more kids.
Do you have a board game that your little kids love to play and that you find enjoyable too?
Boardgames for kids: roundup