Nathan Hansen Games

I'm going to try to do more regular design updates here. Even if they aren't that interesting. That is after all the whole point of the blog. To date, I've mostly just updated when I felt like talking about something in particular, but that has led to a blog that is updated infrequently and with each update having little to no continuity with the blog as a whole.

So, starting today and continuing on the first Sunday of every month I'll be doing large updates on my current design projects. ALL of my design projects. Where possible I will include art and links to rules and or print and play versions.

Assault on Mount Olympus



This is a 1-2 player tower defense game. Players can play as either Hades attacking Mt. Olympus or as Zeus defending it. I have an early draft of the rules and a map, but I haven't created cards or counters yet.


B-Sieged -working title

States of Siege™?


This is a modular States of Siege™ game. The premise is that a town is being attacked by four B movie monsters, each of which uses a slight variation on the games core ruleset and have their own board piece. There are a total of 8 monsters at the moment. To win the game, the player only has to last 12 turns. Winning is rare.
I haven't officially submitted this yet, but I anticipate it being submitted to VPG at some point. If they refuse it I'll probably look into self-publication, as the cost should be fairly low. Of course, if they refuse it I can't call it a States of Siege™and may need to coin a new term. Honestly, there probably should be an industry term for the mechanic anyway... Maybe a converging track game?



Playable Alpha - Hold

This is a programming themed game using the core same basic sequence of play and mechanism for altering the card layout as I used in Rules Lawyer. I created a kit and tried it out. It doesn't feel right at the moment and I'm not sure how to address it.

Calisto Command -working title

Sol Series

Early Alpha

First person shooter. Uses cups and cubes with silhouettes of enemies for targeting. And the simultaneous reveal of cards for player movement. Modular boards.
Deathmatch and capture the flag style games are easy, but I need to come up with a good AI system for non-player characters to create a campaign style of play.

The Conquests of Sol: The war for Europa 2165

Sol Series

Submission Ready

This is a "Real Time Strategy" game in a box. It is not actually real time, but it very much has the feeling of a real-time strategy game. Basically, units keep moving until you tell them to stop or they can't anymore for some reason.
This is a war game but its a wargame without dice. The random element is player choice. And because the game is based on simultaneous reveal instead of an I go You go mechanism there is always a question about what the best move is.
I'm planning on officially submitting this game to Victory Point Games this Saturday.

Dark Age of Sol

Sol Series


This is my custom RPG system. It would be hard to cover it in much detail here without dwarfing everything else here.

Day at the Dawg Track

Dawg series?

Ready for Beta

This is a programmed movement car racing game set in the same universe as my game Dawgs of War. Where Dawgs of War was basically a WW1 airplane combat game, this is sort of set between WW1 and WW2. It sort of plays like a tabletop version of Mario Kart.

Drunken Fist



Two player combat between teams of drunk (if not drunken) masters. The bars just closed and the masters of two schools meet in the street.
This is essentially an abstract game in which the way a game piece moves is entirely dependent on the space they currently occupy. Whats more, the way one piece moves in a given space may not match the way another piece moves in that space.
The game is basically done from a mechanics standpoint. I need to either find the time to do the art or more likely the money to commission the art. Then, I'm probably going to self-publish this one. Its a particularly good candidate for self-publication because it has a low component count (36 cards and 14 counters), and therefore a low cost.

Factory Floor


Playable Alpha - Hold

This is intended as a sort of deconstruction of deck building games but it doesn't have any cards. Instead, it uses dice placement on counters to trigger effects.

It plays up to 5 players and I feel like it probably shouldn't be played with less than 3 but it does work with 2.

Each round a number of dice are rolled (3 times the player count) and then the players take turns placing the dice for effects. Effects include generating goods, increasing sales force, rolling and placing more dice. Additionally, those tiles can be linked allowing you to chain effects. After all the dice are placed, players may sell goods based on their accumulated sales force, and then buy new tiles or even stock in each other companies.

There are some really cool things here, but it's just not quite working. I'm sure I'll come back to it at some point with fresh eyes and see something obvious.

Federation of Sol

Sol series/States of Siege™


This is my Solitaire epic. Its a States of Siege™ game being published by Victory Point Games.

Humanity has just gotten to the point technologically where it can settle words outside of our own Solar system. Turns out, we aren't alone... And all the locals systems are already claimed by neighboring empires. So... you're going to upset a few Aliens.

Like all States of Siege games, you have to defend a central location (Sol) connected by converging tracks, but it differs in several fairly important ways. The most obvious of which is that instead of being a game about survival, its a game about expansion. You still lose the game if the central location is lost, but you can only win by colonizing 6 location outside Sol. Additionally, the game is driven by dice rather than cards.

This game has a fairly detailed political system including; how your people feel about your rule, how the local empires feel about you, and how they feel about each other.

I'm in the process of integrating proof feedback into the game. Once that is done, it will effectively be out of my hands and awaiting its slot in the Victory Point Games release schedule.

Game Company -working title


Early Concept - unplayable

This one is inspired by games like Game Dev Tycoon on the PC. But, since its going to be a board game I figure the games being made should be board games. At this point its little more than a concept. I have a simple theoretical sequence of play and notes about how certain mechanisms might work but nothing I've tested yet.

International Air -working title


Concept Only

Players are the CEOs of airline companies. Its largely inspired by a video game I used to play with my family, Aerobiz.

The Lab of Dr. Martuesse

Dawn of the Zeds

Submitted, awaiting development queue

So, in this game, you are a Chimp. Specifically, you are one of the Chimps that Dr. Martuesse uses in his lab to try to create Super Zeds. You may be a loyal assistant who wants to help the Doctor in any way you can. Or you may, in fact, be Horatius and secretly be trying to slow down the process long enough for the Police to arrive and put a stop to the Doctors efforts.
This is a hidden identity game in which the hidden identity belongs to the good guy. Horatius is a playable character in the Dawn of the Zeds game. He was added as part of a stretch goal during the Kickstarter campaign.

Law Offices


Playable Alpha

This started as an experiment of including every form of card drafting I could think of in one game.

Loboski - working title



This is basically an exercise in how I would approach making a game about The Big Loboski. Obviously, I'd have to retheme it because there is no way I'd ever get that license.

The basic concept though is that players would play the various forces influencing "The Dude". The Dude would be controlled by an AI system that players could manipulate in some way but not directly control. They are attempting to get the Dude to fulfill their victory condition. If at the end of a given number of turns none of the players have gotten the Dude to do whatever it is they need him to do, then the Dude (and therefore the game) wins.  

Market Share



This is a game about production chains. Want to publish books? Ok, you need to get the paper from a Paper Mill, which will need wood from a Lumber Yard, which will need to cut that wood in a Forest. If you own all of those buildings you can keep costs low. Alternatively, you could buy your paper from the open market, but it will be more expensive :0)
This is basically a worker placement game with a tableau. The tableau is sequenced so that certain things always happen before other things.

Ninja Death Battle



What happens when I challenge myself to make a roll and move game? You get a 2 player fighting game in which player action selection is based on players rolling 3 dice, picking 2 and a direction. The game board consists of two major areas; an inner board on which the players actually fight and an outer board where players move a pawn to select their next combat maneuver.

Try online at Tabletopia

The Oregon Trail



This is loosely based on the Tokaido engine, but with a bit more dysentery :0)

Politics of War -working title



The core concept of this game is that each player has two roles. One role is that they are a general making military decisions for an army trying to capture territory and resources. The other role is that of the political leadership of one of the countries fighting over said resources. The thing is, that while they are filling both of those rolls, they are not doing so for the same force. Each player is the political leader of the player to their right. Likewise, each player is the military leader for the player to their left.

Power Broker -working title

Standalone... for now.


I haven't settled on an actual theme for this yet. I'm considering making it part of the Sol series.

Players are influential power brokers of some variety (noble/merchant/priest/whatever) There is a deck of such individuals from which they are randomly drawn at the beginning of the game. Those not play by a player may be influenced, and have powers that may then be used by spending that influence.
The player has logistic points. These can be spent to add influence to a character in play, activate and spend influence they accumulated on a character, manipulate the board (troop movement?), maintenance of lasting effects, or to perform one of their own influence actions.
Over the course of the game victory condition cards are revealed allowing players to gain victory points. Most victory points at the end wins. Ties to the player who has influence over the most characters.

Roll and Rondel -working title (obviously)


Late Concept

So, the core concept mechanically is that players will roll a number of dice then place those dice on rondels to determine how far they advance on those rondels. My current prototype uses 4 rondels and players roll 4 dice. They don't have to put a die on ever rondel but they must place all the dice. So they can have a little more control of where they end up on an individual rondel by sacrificing an action on another.

In terms of theme, I'm thinking a medieval trading game. Fairly complex market with multiple towns and trade between them. Player owned businesses. Maybe even a bit of politics.

Scarcity - From Barter to Post



Players start out as primitive tribals societies with barter economies, and over time (and through card drafting) they could end up with more complex economies which give them more choices when interacting with the other players. The idea is that they could eventually mover from Barter to Fixed Asset (gold standard) to Fiat (our current standard) to a Renewable resource backed economy. There is a LOT more to do just in terms of research before I can even get this to a playable state. I am not an economist, but I may need to be close to one to get this right. While still having it simple enough to play it without being one... Honestly, just because of the amount of research I'm going to have to do, this will probably be dropped at some point.

Shrunken Heads

Standalone (although it has almost limitless expansion potential)


So, this is basically my take on the Cards Against Humanity style party game. That said, it is nothing like Cards Against Humanity.
Basically, one player is the Doctor and all the other players are Patients. And the Doctor is trying to diagnose the patients. If they succeed, they get points. If they fail, the patients get negative points. So... everyone wants the Doctor to get their diagnosis right.
Gameplay wise, the Patients draw a card that tells them what their condition is and then they make a short statement (in character). They can't directly say whats wrong with them or use any keywords indicated on the card. Then the Doctor asks them up to two questions, which they must answer in character. After that, the Doctor makes a diagnosis. If they are right they take the card and place it face down in front to them. If they get it wrong it is revealed and placed face up in front of the Patient.
I'm pretty comfortable with the rules and gameplay at this point, but need to make new cards. The current set has some issues. Plus I only have 200 or so and I want about 500 cards in the final product.

Quantum Worker Placement Spy Game-working title



This game is built on the idea of quantum tic tac toe, which is a game used to teach the idea of quantum entanglement. I'm using it in a worker placement game as a stand-in for conflicting rumors/reports about what agents are doing. Essentially, when placing workers, instead of just placing one worker, you place two workers. Then at some later point, players will resolve workers by indicating that a given worker actually is in that space, which means the other one isn't. This can and will lead to chains of workers being resolved. And when they are resolved they will affect the main board, where the game is actually won or lost. 


Orders from Above


Basically, I'm taking my engine for The Chosin Few and modifying it somewhat to work at a much larger scale. The whole of WW2. Its played from the German perspective, but you are not playing High Command. Rather you are one step down and have to carry out orders of those above you. Some of which will force you to make bad decisions. You can selectively fail objectives of course but doing so too often may get you removed.

Stellar Ambitions -working title



This is a BIG concept. 4X with multiple types of FTL. Pulls elements from Twilight Imperium, Eclipse, and Stellaris.

Suicide is Painless



Inspired by the MASH theme song of the same name.
A very small card game about suicide. It's a push your luck game. You score points while alive but lose points for friends who've killed themselves. Currently, its built around 25 cards, but since there is a contest on the gamecrafter right now for 18 card games, I may try to cut it down. To do so I'll probably have to cut it from 5 players down to 3 and add a card per player.

Surrounded! With a Shotgun

States of Seige™

Proof/Final Layout

Another States of Siege™game, but playable up to 4 players. This one is kind of a love letter to 70's action movies. Players are trapped in a building surrounded on all sides by various hoodlums (think Assault on Precinct 13) and have to fight to survive. Simple mechanism. Difficult choices. And the artist did an amazing job capturing exactly what I asked for :0)

The only thing left for me to do is writing a single paragraph about each of the heroes to include in the rulebook for flavor.

Tradeport of Sol

Sol Series

Ready to submit

In the not too distant future, vast fortunes will be made for those clever enough to position themselves to take advantage of trade between worlds. In Tradeport of Sol, you represent a small faction trying to do just that.
This is an area influence game. The areas being influenced are ships coming and going from the port. The more influence you have the more profit you can get out of the ship.

Trader of Sol

Sol Series


A pickup and deliver style trading game that takes place within the Sol System. Planets move so you will have to consider that when planning your next move. There is a lot going on in this game. And honestly... it kind of ballooned up beyond what it should be. I'm going to need to come back at it with a chainsaw at some point. The biggest culprit is the addition of (or attempted addition of) combat to the game. I've more or less decided that's going but I need to find the time to come back in and make sure nothing else breaks.

Written by Nathan Hansen — November 07, 2017



Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

March 22 2021

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