Making Tak Tick: Designing a “Classic” Tabletop Game


James Ernest recently raised more than $1M on Kickstarter with a new abstract strategy game, Tak. The game, based on a pastime in Patrick Rothfuss’s novel The Wise Man’s Fear, already has a strong following even before its retail debut, and it is poised to stand toe-to-toe with chess, mancala, and go in the pantheon of classic strategy games. James will present a breakdown of the design process behind Tak and explain his approach to creating a new abstract strategy game.