Today 7 questions will be asked to Helen Graveleau. Helen is the chef editor of Plato magazine. This magazine is a reference in the field of publications on the subject of board games. It is true that there is very little on this subject. This Belgian magazine is a monthly magazine and is distributed worldwide in French and English. Primarily by mail but not only because you could find it nowadays in some game stores.
1 – How old were you when you played your first board game and what was it ?
« I remember always to had, practiced and played board games with my parents and my grandparents: Small horses, Yellow dwarf, Monopoly, the Crapette, President, The 7 families and Mistigri … One of my grandmothers was infinitely patiente playing whole afternoon. My first « modern » game had to be the hare and the tortoise, I was about 10 years old, I think. «
2 – Why and how did you decide to write about board games ?
« To be honest, I write very little: my role as editorial head is mainly to coordinate the work of editors, to lead the team, plan publications, to be the primary contact for publishers, to organize everything. I arrived in Plato by chance, as proofreader first, 3 years ago. The atmosphere in the team, opportunities to see behind the scenes, the reception of Plato by pros board game make it really a pleasure to participate in this adventure. »
3 – What are your 3 favorite board games and why ?
« Difficult question that depends on the circumstances. Currently, we often play with Concept that appeals to all audiences regardless of the number of guests. I played a lot to Innovation, Kingdom Builder and Race for the Galaxy, especially 2 . the « problem » with Plato, is that we are aware of the new games and forced to play it. This leads us to the inconstancy! «
5 – How do to write about a game ?
« We play to the game with the public concerned, several times, in all configurations provided. We contact the author, publisher, illustrator for them to talk about the genesis of the game, their intentions, their difficulties … «
6 – What advice would you give to someone wishing to create a game ?
« I’m not sure to be best person to give advice … Play the proto with different people, present it in festivals and designers competitions to receive various opinions. »
7 – Could you give us some information on your next project ?
« Simply the next No. of Plato magazine and we are working to improve our website. As for the whole team, Plato is a sideline activity, it’s a bit long to implement, but it’s coming along. »