Martin Looij: Tour Operator

Designer Interview

What is your name?
Martin Looij

Where are you located in the world?
Dordrecht, Netherlands

How long have you been designing tabletop games?
about 5 years

What game(s) are you currently working on?
Tour Operator, expansion The Dutch East Indies

Have you designed any games that have been published?
Scuba, The Dutch East Indies

What do you do for a living outside of game design?
Online marketing

What type of games do you prefer to play?
Strategic, thematic

What is the name of your favorite game store?

What is (currently) your favorite game? Least favorite?
Mi Tierra — Monopoly

Is your game design different than the type of games you enjoy playing? How?
Not really, but I try to suit a broader audience with them than just me.

Do you like to work alone or as a team?
I design alone but I publish with a team.

What does your playtest process look like?
First alpha tests with people I know, then beta tests at conventions etc.

What do you feel is your biggest challenge as a game designer?
To make a game that is truly unique and works and is fun.

What do you wish someone had told you about game design?
Most publishers don’t really care about your game, they just want to make money.

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with budding designers?
Team up and help each other out at designers days.

Anything else you’d like to tell our readers?
Tour Operator will be up on Kickstarter on April 9!

Check it out on Kickstarter!