15 March 2017
Button Shy’s Jason Tagmire and Nevermore’s Bryan Fischer join forces to create titles that feature a different gameplay experience on each page
Two tabletop micro-publishers have teamed up to form a new outlet dedicated to reviving the roll & write genre.
Jason Tagmire of wallet game studio Button Shy (Avignon: A Clash of Popes, Movie Plotz, Pretense) and Nevermore’s Bryan Fischer (Dark Dealings, Chicken Caesar) have created The Spiel Press to produce game books that feature small, dice-driven titles on each page.
If you’re unfamiliar with the genre, roll & write is as simple as it sounds – players roll dice, perform actions and write down their score or other factors on a page, which can then be torn out once a match is completed. Recent entries in the genre include Rolling Japan and 2012 Spiel des Jahres nominee/Mensa Select winner Qwixx.
Tagmire and Fischer said that each page of their game books would feature new gameplay variants and challenges, as well as backstory details and evolving storylines with more thematic titles. There was even the suggestion of legacy-like factors involving “creative use of the pages themselves”.
The first two games from The Spiel Press will be Star Maps and Blood Royals, designed by Fischer and Tagmire respectively.