W. Eric Martin has done a terrific piece on Alan Moon and Airlines Europe, the upcoming redesign of Moon’s first game, Airlines.
“It’s sort of fun to work on an existing game and try to improve it,” says Moon, who started work on what became Airlines Europe in 2007. “The design has been around so long and been through so many different versions. I’d do something, then change something else. The prototype went back and forth between a railroad and airline game a number of times.”
It will be fascinating to see how Moon redesigns one of his earliest efforts after 20 years of experience, including certified hits like Ticket to Ride and Union Pacific (particularly since Union Pacific and Airlines are based on the same fundamental design). These are primarily stock trading games, with players scoring points for any stock they have in play.
Airlines Europe is due this year from Rio Grande Games.