If You Could Ask Reiner Knizia One Question…

…what would it be?

Tell us, and we just might ask the great man himself on your behalf!

We’re quite excited, because we’ve managed to line up an interview with Reiner Knizia!

If you’re asking “Reiner who?”, then the basic rundown from his official website should do the trick.  But, to give a brief overview, let’s just say that he’s published more than 500 games and books and has won a hoard of awards – including the 2008 Spiel des Jahres.

Put simply, Knizia is king!

We’re doubly pleased about this interview because this will be the first New Zealand one he’s ever done.

This also means that we have the opportunity to ask him the questions you want asked – so let us know what they are!

You have until Sunday the 22nd of May to think up the one question you most want to ask him, and add it as a comment on this blog, along with your first name and the city or town you’re from.

Then we’ll compile a select few and present them to Reiner Knizia himself.  Woohoo!

David and Angela


  1. Aaron on May 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I’d like to ask ..

    With a few of your game designs making it to Apps, (and I hope many more to come) I’d like to know if you like the way they have been transposed to digital form, and just where you see this new type of “board” game going. Also, If you have a favourite ‘app’ game I’d love to know what it is 🙂

  2. Simon Woodward on May 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

    As a fellow mathematician, I was wondering if you analyse your designs mathematically (e.g. for balance), or are they developed more by intuition and playtesting-redesign?

  3. Markus on May 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I’d like to ask him

    Was Neuron designed with the boring scoring system as it was published, or with the colour based system like Ingenious, but changed in order to be not to simmilar to Ingenious?

  4. David on May 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for the questions, folks! Keep them coming! (And remember to let me know which city or town you’re from!) 🙂

  5. JohnnyDollar on May 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Is it true that you never play games designed by other people? Why is that? What would it take to tempt you to try someone else’s design?

  6. Nicolas Weiss on May 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    If it isn’t, what are your favorite games by other designers ?

  7. Thomas Lang on May 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Are you playing around with game concepts that you like but which are so complicated that you don’t dare to send them to a publisher?

  8. Frank Eisenhauer on May 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Currently Astana, Kazakhstan
    Dr. Knizia, do you have any plans on designing a 4X-Style game in the future and if so, would you consider basing it on the history of Aotearoa?

  9. jan on May 8, 2011 at 2:38 am

    if it;s not too late.. could you please ask for me something in this meaning (so sorry for my Eng.)

    Mr. Knizia,
    while you can see/feel the math and doubtless you do have the sense of gaming, WHY don’t you use your ‘great status’ to push out some nontrivial, non-plain, more than one-or-two matrix’s /probability equations systems as The GAME. Finally something with greater ‘complexity’, wider decisions and areas of operations, functions with deeper/more complicated connectives AND not just numbered but also text based functions..?
    I truly believe it’s time to quit wasting your potential and pull out something maybe not so massive-market orientated, but really SOMETHING, even just for a few geeks not to be ever forgotten, isn’t it?
    Thank you for your answers and wishing just the best.