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About jeffinberlin

Jeffrey D. Allers lives in Berlin and has worked there as an architect and youth pastor. He is a published game designer and has been writing "Postcards From Berlin" since 2005 on GameWire, BoardgameNews and now, the Opinionated Gamers. He enjoys writing about game design and his experiences as an American expatriate living in the midst of German boardgame culture.

Postcard From Berlin: Games That Tell Refugees’ Stories

By Jeffrey D. Allers The current refugee crisis is not a game. There are no clear rules, the information is often untrackable, there are hidden variables that lead to utter chaos, and there is no endgame in site. And yet, … Continue reading

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The author enjoys creating rhythms with instruments such as the cajón and also with board games. Music has always been an important part of my life, especially when it has a strong rhythm that quite literally moves me. Chill-out tunes … Continue reading

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POSTCARD FROM BERLIN #60: Game Design for Grade School

“Maybe you might be interested in offering a workshop for our Project Week at the end of the year,“ the principal of my boys’ school told me. We were meeting  for the first time to talk about various things, and … Continue reading

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The Journey is the Destination: A Review of Wunderland

By Jeffrey D. Allers Publisher: Pegasus Spiele GmbH Designer: Dirk Hillebrecht Illustrations: Jarek Nocon Graphic Designer: Jarek Nocon, Hans-Georg Schneider Players: 2-4, ages 8 and up Playing Time: 45 Minutes Rules Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Polish … Continue reading

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POSTCARD FROM BERLIN #59: Games for the Visually Impaired

By Jeffrey D. Allers Online game forums and reviews often mention color blindness and how that should affect the graphic design of a particular game, but not much has been written about designing games that can also be played by … Continue reading

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By Jeffrey D. Allers Honestly, I’ve always found it difficult to get excited about New Year’s Eve. Perhaps it was because I grew up in Iowa, where privately-owned fireworks were illegal. But even if people there could buy their own, … Continue reading

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A Christmas Card From Berlin

By Jeffrey D. Allers “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas …perhaps…means a little bit more” -How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. The season of giving is upon us again, and so it was … Continue reading

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POSTCARD FROM BERLIN #57: The Two Sides of Essen

„Most of the public doesn’t know the other side of Essen,“ reflected Michael as he, Bernd and I compared our own conversations with those we’d had with other fair attendees.  Bernd was managing his Irongames booth again, content to sell … Continue reading

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POSTCARD FROM BERLIN #56: Lecturing on Game Design at the Technical University

“You were predestined for this, Jeff,” Hartmut wrote in a reply to an email sent out to several Berlin game designers. It was a request from Berlin’s Technical University. Their first-year architecture students were beginning the semester with a project … Continue reading

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POSTCARD FROM BERLIN #55: Reflections on the Most Beautiful—and Broken—Game

By Jeffrey D. Allers Germany’s prestigious game of the year award, the Spiel des Jahres, is weeks away from announcing its annual winner, and yet it is another game that has captured the attention of the country and most of … Continue reading

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