What Board Game Inspired ‘Secret Game Project’?

I received this email some time ago:

I’m writing a TBS similar to Reiner Knizia’s Samurai too but based in a comical fantasy world rather than Japanese. Its my first project so is taking a fair bit of time and I’m doing all the programming and graphics myself. If you fancy taking a look, you can find my blog at: www.whitespace.net.nz

Take a look at the site, his version of the Samurai game looked very good to me.

I must point out, that the ‘secret game project’ is NOT based on Knizia’s Samurai.

P.S. My lips are sealed for further guesses…

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. Concepts aren’t copyrightable, specific implementations are. I wouldn’t “clone” a board game but you’re pretty safe using one as inspiration. Making a game where you travel around buying property is fine, if you’re buying Boardwalk and Park Place while your avatar is a Shoe you’re getting into dangerous territory. :)

  2. Genius? :) I love Genius!!
    Just wondering, are you even allowed to ‘clone’ a board game, or are there copyright restrictions or something? I have no idea how close you can mimic an existing board game, without getting into trouble…

  3. Hmm, the Knizia reference has me curious now. LotR: Confrontation perhaps? Or Blue Moon? :)

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