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For the Love of Board Games was written by Erin Dean. Erin grew up playing traditional board games but became a board game lover when she was gifted Ticket to Ride in high school. Since that time she has worked in the board game industry at Pieces: The St Louis Board Game Bar & Cafe as a game navigator. She went on to work for Genius Games as a video intern and is currently the Social Media Manager for Lucky Duck Games. Erin is known for her board game documentary that was released on Youtube called “The Board Game Room” which has over 30,000 views.  

For the Love of Board Games is the first book that she has published. The project was driven solely out of passion for board gaming.  It was extremely popular on Kickstarter and the project was able to reach the funding goal within 4 hours of being released. Since then Erin has been able to host Q&A sessions for backers to talk to game publishers, and add hardcover and exclusive art to the book. Her campaign has become extremely popular and was over 815% funded.

For the Love of Board Games is a book that explores how modern popular games were created by interviewing the designers. There are original quotes and stories that come from the industries biggest board game creators. Every chapter features a new board game designer their successes, their failures, and what got them into the industry. Stories in this book come from some of the industry’s biggest names: Matt Leacock, Jamey Stegmaier, Bruno Cathala, Richard Garfield, Reiner Knizia, and many others.

For the Love of Board Games features 55 different designers of games like Betrayal House on the Hill, Concordia, and Raiders of the North Sea. The book contains content that has never before been published. The readers are able to discover fun things about their favorite board game creators and are able to peek into some of their future plans.  This book has been featured by Girls Play Games, The Thoughtful Gamer, Board with Life, We’re not Wizards, Board Games Outsider, Our Turn, GJJ Games, Gameosity, and Giant Brain. And has been endorsed by people like Board game Spotlight, The Board Game Librarian and The Board Game Design Lab.

Derek Funkhouser said of this book, “For the Love of Board Games pulls away the curtain and reveals fascinating details from some for todays greatest game designers”. It is a fascinating compilation of quotes and thoughts from the people behind the board games. You can view this book, see original quotes from it, or view their Kickstarter Campaign by visiting the links below.

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: August 28, 2018
Ship Date: February 5, 2019
Website: For the Love of Board Games