7 questions for Mr Phal from TricTrac.net


 

Photo par Christelle Besseyre
Photo par Christelle Besseyre

In the game world, when one is Francophone and he want, amongst other things, get information about new games or an explanation of the rules of a game, there are magazines like Ravage, Vae Victis or Plato, etc … And of course there is a Web site created in 2000: TricTrac.net.

TricTrac.net is a Web site about news from the world of games which includes more than 15,000 versions of games. It is since 2009 the property of Flat prod a company owned with 49% by the company Plume Finance own by Marc Nunes (former Asmodee) and 51% by Philippe Maurin aka Mr Phal. Mr Phal and Dr. Mops (Thierry Lebourg) are the creators and main writers / animators of this site.

So this is to this colorful character from Orleans (France), passionate of cyclism, Mr Phal, that I asked those 7 questions.

1 . How old were you when you played your first board game and what was it ?

« 4 or 5 years old, and that should be the card game ‘war’. »

2 . Why and how did you decide to create Tric Trac ?

« Arrived at 35, I thought that maybe time for me to work one day, but from my house. What could be done from home, safely, with minimal cost, from a blanc screen … Internet … A website. But the idea of Tric Trac was not the original idea. It was a topic among others. « 

3 . What are your 3 favorite games company and why ?

« Tigris & Euphrates, El Grande, poker because I like opportunism, rich games, refined and with few rules and it reminds me of good memories. »

4. For you what is the best combination for a successful game ?

« This is a complicated issue because there are as many combinations as people. We do not create a geek success with the same recipes that mainstream success. And yet, if we knew the recipes. The base is a truism, the first ingredient is a good game, the second a material to the task. « 

5 . How do to write about a game ?

« I have no method. I launch Word and let slip the fingers on the keyboard. I write it as it comes. « 

6 . What advice would you give to someone wishing to create a game ?

« I am not a creator myself, so I do not really know what to give as advice except that I love games where you will do 2 actions during your turn from six possible actions, so make me games like that …  » 🙂

7 . Could you give us some information on your next project ?

« A makeover of the v4 that it looks more like the TTTV. »

Thank you Mr Phal for answering the 7 questions. For more information on TricTrac : http://www.trictrac.net

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