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