What makes a game system elegant?

Moreover, how to achieve it.


What designers say

What games are elegant

Ticket to Ride box

Ticket to Ride

Carcassonne box


How they did it?


Valley of the Kings

War Chest

Why it matters?

How to achieve elegance?

Remove elements and rules.

Increase options and interactions

Use context to imply behaviors.

As one team gets closer to victory, it becomes increasingly easier for the opponent team to make a comeback.


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