The board game Villainous is widely available at your local Big Box and on the surface seems to be another barely-a-game theme-for-dollars affair. After playing it, I came to view it is as a very elegant and well designed game. Today I want to discuss all the things that I find interesting as a designer.
Cheapass Games in Black and White (by James Ernest) is a book that tries to take on several different roles: part retrospective, part rules archive, part design book. It is an ambitious attempt, but ultimately falls short in most areas.