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Farewell to “A President for Europe”

Posted by Jason O on Dec 7, 2019 in Irish Politics |

Alas, but it seems that my European presidential election boardgame “A President for Europe” just doesn’t have the appeal to make it viable to produce. Thanks to those of you who did pledge to the IndiGoGo, it was genuinely much appreciated.

I’m not devastated, I’ll be honest. My desire at the beginning of all this was to create a boardgame that I would enjoy playing, and we succeeded in that. Certainly, at the various testing sessions the game was enjoyed, and I also want to thank the ridiculously talented (and great fun) Karen Pappin who turned my childlike paint and half potato renderings into really fabulous game materials. She also did all the heavy lifting in terms of dealing with printers, suppliers etc.

IndieGoGo was basically a dipping of the toe in the marketplace, and the water was just too chilly to proceed. Could I revisit it in the future? Quite possibly. There’s a trend in tabletop games (Yes, that’s what they’re called now) towards card-based games that don’t need a board at all, and that certainly would make the game cheaper to produce, although it would involve some redesign. I also think that the format could easily be changed from EU politics to national (Taoiseach!The boardgame) to even intergalactic (A President for the Federation! Will Vulcan swing the election?). Any games manufacturers looking for ideas drop me an email.

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