For our last interview of this event we met with Frederic Moyersoen, the author of Saboteur. He’s from Belgium and has already released more than 30 games. We asked how he came up with the idea of the game and how he feels about events like this. Stay tuned to find out!
How did you come up with the idea?
It started in the year 2000 with a TV show in Belgium. The basic idea of the show was to perform a number of tasks and one guy tried to sabotage their attempts. The people watching the show could guess who it might be. It was a very popular show back then and I thought it is a good idea to make a game out of it. I started looking for a game mechanic that I could use. I came up with playing cards in a less obvious way. After that everything went pretty smooth. I found the ideas quite quickly and that’s how the game turned out. When I finished the game I had to find out that they discontinued the game show and I had to find a publisher to sell the game to. I was glad I met with AMIGO, because they showed a lot of interest in the game. They asked me to alter the game a little bit: They wanted more cards and more players. In hindsight, that turned out to be brilliant idea and made the game a lot more interesting.
What keeps you motivated?
I want to spread fun and joy among people. The fun factor is the primary decision maker. I still rememder very vividly the first time seeing Chinese people play my game. It made me feel very proud that my work is spreading around the world and people have fun with my game. Saboteur war not an immediate success. It took us a lot of time to get where we are not with the popularity of the game. I was lucky enough to have a partner that kept on believing in the game. A lot of games have potential, but they don’t get a chance to shine.
What do you think about the organized play?
As this is the first time I’m at a big event like this I can’t speak out of experience. I feel like it’s a great promotional tool and I think it is well organized.
How do feel about the event?
I think it is a lot of work to prepare and get so many people and different countries all together at the same time. I’m thankful that all my partners made this event possible. I enjoyed it a lot.
Do you have anything new?
There are few coming out next year, but I can’t give any more details on it.
What’s your personal most favourite game?
Me personally I like to play classic games like Risiko and Stratego. Out of the newer games I enjoy Pendemic and Seven Wonders.
Any final words?
I see that AMIGO is doing a great job here and I appreciate their effort. I hope they will continue and grow. More people will get to know and play it.