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Unpub Preview: Hopeless Happiness

Let’s take a deeper look at Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game,  which first appeared in the Unpub Program during the Valhalla’s Gate Unpub Mini from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday May 11, 2013!  

Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game ,designed by Bryan Corum, is based off ideas and concepts from a weekly blog he writes.

Let’s hear Bryan’s words on the development of this property…

What was your inspiration for Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game? Web site / Weekly Blog – ‘The Periodic Happiness Table of Elements’  which can found at

What is your favorite part of Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game? The Uncertainty is my favorite part of this game. Just as in Life, a roll of the dice can change one’s entire perspective; and end-of-game point total.

To your knowledge, what do other people find most interesting about Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game? The ‘uniquity’; (I made that word up) – the specific comment was that ‘they had never played a game quite like it.’ Also, I have received the comment that it ‘encourages one to think philosophically’.

What has been the most challenging part of designing Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game? The structuring of the scoring (both game-play and end-of-game) combined with the challenge of game strategy.

What advice would you give to players attempting Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game for the first time? Do not use any of the alternate/optional rules and play as if the end-of-game scoring will be Empirical, as that is most likely.

What has surprised you most in play-tests of Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game? How close we come to Transcendental scoring, when by reading the rules, Empirical scoring seems to have much greater odds. I have determined that this is because of the ability of one player to move other player’s Belief pieces with them, specifically by rolling a 6 or landing on ‘Groupthink’.

People who like___________ will like Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game. Why?   Philosophy; Thoughtful Reflection; Something Unique and Different.

What do you hope to accomplish at the Valhalla’s Gate Unpub Mini from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday May 11, 2013?  I would like Feedback to help me fine tune – specifically on the scoring structure and the potential of the optional rules to satisfy Players who desire a more definite game strategy.

Tell us anything else you want to say about Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game that I haven’t asked or you haven’t said already. I will let the game speak for itself.

Come play Hopeless Happiness: The Board Game at the Valhalla’s Gate Unpub Mini from12pm to 8pm on Saturday May 11, 2013!

Author: Darrell Louder

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