Known forBoard game designer
Video game designer AwardsInternational Gamers Award: Multi-player Category NominationsThe Dice Tower Gaming Award for Best Game of the Year
Designer spotlight with vladimir chvatil
Vladimír Chvátil/vlaɟɪmiːr xvaːcɪl/ (often known professionally as Vlaada Chvátil/vlaːda xvaːcɪl/) is a Czech board game designer and a video game designer. He became a recognizable name in the board game community following the publication of Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization in 2006 and thereafter his designs frequently made the top 100 list on BoardGameGeek. In 2016 he won the coveted award "Spiel des Jahres" (Game of the Year) in Germany for Codenames.
His most notable video game project was a realtime strategy Original War. He later worked on the role-playing video game Vision that has never been finished. In 2006 he left Altar and started to focus on board games. In 2010 he worked on Family Farm, a game that was developed by Hammerware.
Vlaada's designs are strongly rooted in the game's theme preferring the mechanics that fit the theme best. His attachment to the theme is also evident in the way he writes the rules for his games which always make the theme apparent and sometimes even uses the theme to inject humor into the process of learning a game.
He also gained a reputation for innovative mechanics and a diverse range of designs, including the epic civilization game Through the Ages, the award winning party word game Codenames, and the real time sci-fi adventure Galaxy Trucker which required the players to simultaneously rummage through a pile of cardboard tiles looking for ones to improve their spaceship.
1997: Fish Fillets NG
2001: Original War
2007: Fish Fillets 2
2010: Family Farm
2014: Galaxy Trucker
1997: Arena: Morituri te salutant
2006: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization winner of 2007 International Gamers Awards – General Strategy; Multi-player
2007: Kámen – Zbraně – Papír (Rock – Paper – Weapons)
2007: Galaxy Trucker recommended at 2008 Spiel des Jahres
2008: Space Alert winner of 2009 Spiel des Jahres "New Worlds Game"
2009: Dungeon Lords
2009: Bunny Bunny Moose Moose
2010: Sneaks & Snitches
2010: Travel Blog
2011: Dungeon Petz
2011: Mage Knight Board Game
2013: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends
2016: Star Trek: Frontiers (not directly involved in the project but only as advices, based on the same system from Mage Knight)