Essen 2016: Designing Cooperative Games


Release Date: Oct. 26 , 2016

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Running Time:   31 min.

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It’s been nearly a decade since the publication of Pandemic and Ghost Stories, two of the most influential cooperative games during the current renaissance in  modern board games. Both were published in 2008 and both met with critical and commercial success. This success helped drive interest in the genre as a whole - so much so that nearly a quarter of the games published today incorporate some element of cooperative play.

Matt Leacock (designer of Pandemic) and Antoine Bauza (designer of Ghost Stories) discuss their passion for cooperative play and the challenges and differences in designing cooperative games. 

Our panel features:

Antoine Bauza (Hanabi, Ghost Stories, Samurai Spirit)

Matt Leacock (Pandemic, Pandemic: Legacy, Forbidden Island/Desert)

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.


Antoine Bauza |

Matt Leacock | Leacock Games

Music credits include:

The Typewriter   by  Leroy Anderson  |  the song