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Sven Uilhoorn

Interaction Designer based in Groningen, the Netherlands
+316 11 294 768sven.uilhoorn@live.nl LinkedIn
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A Piacere

Prototype of a board game about the era of composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, with players playing as composers to earn points from compositions created.

To be able to create compositions, they have to teach or perform to earn florins for rent and get better housing for more productivity. On top of that there's interactivity by spreading rumors, reducing their number of draws.

Roles and Responsibilities

I am responsible for the entire project, from coming up with the idea/concept, designing mechanics to the visual design. All drawings are own work.

Final Product

The latest version:

The full game board of the Admiralen board game in the middle of a play test session with card of both players at each side.

All parts of the game layed out on a table; five different types of playing cards, each with three levels. Four types of housing with rent depending on city, six Royal Ball cards and four action reference cards. A turn marker, action markers, cubes for four players and coins that depict florins.

Process and Methods

Inspired by the film "Mozart", I started off by reading a lot about Mozart, the living conditions, and determining the types of cards.

First prototype playtest. A few card types didn't survive (travel, now separate composing stacks, new spread rumor rules)

Close up of second and current prototype.

Close up of the most expensive city, Vienna, and info on travel and rent.

I have started already on work in Illustrator. (illustrations are obviously not my work and are placeholders)

Toughest Challenge

Still ongoing: creating a meaningful experience where players feel as if their choices matter, and finding a balance between the randomness of the draw and limitation of player actions.

What I'd do Differently

Nothing yet!

Tools Used

  • LibreOffice Writer: rule books
  • Pen & Paper: design of map, logos, cards
  • Trello: checklist and project planning
  • Illustrator/Photoshop: board design, card design, icons
  • Various online sources, mostly Wikipedia, for thematic accuracy

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