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Hoby Chou on Making My Little Scythe and Creating for Feeling

At Gen Con, we had the pleasure of chatting with first time board game designer Hoby Chou. Along with his daughter Vienna, Chou designed My Little Scythe, which was published by Stonemaier Games and just released this week. Having personally played My Little Scythe several times now with my 7 year old daughter, I can confirm that the game is every bit as fun and inviting as Hoby claims in the interview.

Hoby shares the story of how he got the idea for the game by playing, Jamey Stegmaier’s popular game Scythe with his daughter. He also shares how eventually met Jamey and suddenly found himself with the opportunity to design and publish a game born out of his love for and experiences gaming with his daughter. Hoby also shares his desire to continue making games and his commitment to designing with the feelings of players in mind.

My Little Scythe plays 1-6 players, can be played in 45-60 minutes (a 2-player game can be played in under 30), and is recommended for people 8 years old and up (my 7 year old was able to learn and enjoy the game pretty quickly).

If you’d like to hear the full, uncut interview with Hoby Chou, check out Episode 116 of Humans of Gaming.



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Drew is the Chief Content Nerd for Love Thy Nerd and the co-host of Humans of Gaming. He is also the editor of Explore the Bible: Students and co-hosts the weekly CaPC Digest podcast for Christ and Pop Culture. Drew has written for Paste Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine, and Think Christian. He lives in the Nashville, TN area with his wife and their three children.

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