Mijnlieff - HOPWOOD GAMES
2 Players - 5 Minutes
A wooden abstract game in which you want to make lines of three but each piece you play has a power over WHERE your opponent can play next.
Critically acclaimed by top abstract games players (inc chess experts) as a simple set of rules that delivers complex gameplay.
It comes in a high quality bag from the XV Games “bagstract range”. Featuring a square playing space on the bag itself and Hopwood Games have added a modular board pack too for a variable experience.
Andy Hopwood has been designing games since he was a teenager, he did this just for fun and his friends and family were his only, exclusive, audience. In 2009, inspired by a desire to do something for his son’s school, he took the plunge to self-publish Niche.
Mijnlieff soon followed and when it won the award for best abstract game at the UK Games Expo in 2010 it dawned on him that all those years of thinking about games had actually made a difference.
Since then he has self published a dozen games. Zoom Zoom Kaboom won the award for best Board Game (UK Expo 2012), Dodekka was published by Coiled Spring Games and most recently Daring Dustbunnies won the Judges award for Best Family Game (UK Expo 2021).
Andy’s approach to design starts with the mechanics and his mantra is “Laugh, Think and Swear”. In other words if a game design can inspire people to make sounds of joy (yesss), deep thought (hmmmm) and frustration (argh!) then it’s having an effect on the world.
He has self-published most of his games because he really wants people to play them. He is also very happy to work with larger publishers to bring his ideas to a wider audience.