HABA game designers and illustrators

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May we present? Our game designers and illustrators behind numerous games, books and creative ideas.

 


The Key - Theft in Cliffrock Villa

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There has been a shocking string of robberies at Cliffrock Villa! Players start the investigation work, generate a number code and put the robbers behind bars. The simultaneous deduction board game, in the variant for rookie investigators, impresses with its unique solution check. They can insert the key and win!

The game designer

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Thomas Sing, born in 1961, lives in Konstanz on Lake Constance. The qualified economist operates a large kiosk there with friends. This gives him enough time for his hobbies: Mathematics, reading detective novels and naturally also developing games. In his school days, Thomas Sing was a Parcheesi world record holder and even made his way into the Guinness Book of Records.

The illustrator

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Timo Grubing, born 1981, studied illustration at the Münster University of Applied Sciences, and since graduating in 2007 has moved back to his birth city of Bochum. As a freelance illustrator he has worked in a variety of fields: He illustrates children's books, school books and games, and regularly works for magazines and agencies.


The Key - Murder at the Oakdale Club

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A dramatic series of murders has shocked the Oakdale Golf Club! Players start the investigation work, generate a number code and put the robbers behind bars. The simultaneous deduction board game, in the variant for advanced investigators, impresses with its unique solution check. They can insert the key and win!

The game designer

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Thomas Sing, born in 1961, lives in Konstanz on Lake Constance. The qualified economist operates a large kiosk there with friends. This gives him enough time for his hobbies: Mathematics, reading detective novels and naturally also developing games. In his school days, Thomas Sing was a Parcheesi world record holder and even made his way into the Guinness Book of Records.

The illustrator

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Timo Grubing, born 1981, studied illustration at the Münster University of Applied Sciences, and since graduating in 2007 has moved back to his birth city of Bochum. As a freelance illustrator he has worked in a variety of fields: He illustrates children's books, school books and games, and regularly works for magazines and agencies.


Miyabi

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Who has green thumbs? Hobby gardeners can find out in this exciting family arranging game. Tactics and structure are required. Only by skillfully placing stones, bushes, trees, ponds and pagodas on multiple levels can a player become the best garden designer of the season.

The game designer

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Michael Kiesling has been inventing games for 20 years. His day job is as an engineer in the city of Bremen, where he develops commercial software. He has already twice received the coveted "Spiel des Jahres” award with Wolfgang Kramer, and was nominated a further four times for the same award. In 2018, his game "AZUL“ was named “Spiel des Jahres” (Game of the Year).

The illustrator

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René Amthor, born in 1988 and living in Hilden, was already doodling pages of comics in his school books as a boy. His passion for computer games ultimately lead to him completing game design studies at the Mediadesign Hochschule in Düsseldorf. He initially gained work experience as an illustrator in game development companies and advertising agencies. At the end of 2015 he decided to go freelance, and, together with his wife founded the creative agency "Studio Vieleck". His versatile illustration style means that he can work with many different media and target groups. He particularly enjoys illustrating for children.


Karuba

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On the hunt for hidden treasures! Players must lead their expedition team along the jungle paths, pay attention to the other players, and above all get going in time. The captivating arranging game features high-quality material and guarantees varied playing fun that makes you want to play over and over again.

The game designer

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Rüdiger Dorn was born in Ibbenbüren (North Rhine Westphalia) in 1969, but grew up in Lower Bavaria. After training as a banker, he studied Business Education at the University of Nuremberg. Today Rüdiger Dorn works as a Business Studies teacher in Gunzenhausen. The dedicated player began to develop his own ideas in his youth. He published his first game for HABA in 1992 - “Cameo." Some of his most successful games include "Istanbul" (“Kennerspiel des Jahres” 2014) and "Las Vegas" (nominated for “Spiel des Jahres” 2012).

The illustrator

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Claus Stephan, born 1960, is married, has one daughter and lives in Duisburg. He wanted to be a secret agent, astronaut, then a musician or a cartoonist, artist or geography teacher. He took a detour as an advertising designer and he now spends his time illustrating games and books. He has won numerous awards for his game illustrations, including "Keltis" (“Spiel des Jahres” 2008) and "Bonnie & Clyde" (Graf Ludo 2009). His motto: "Finding a good balance between form and function in a team with editors and game designers is an exciting and challenging task when creating games."


Valley of the Vikings

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The exciting game of skill and tactics literally has it all – players take part in an adventurous Viking competition, both on land and on the high seas. Some of the outstanding features are the great 3D ships and the impressive XXL game board.

The game designers:

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Marie and Wilfried Fort are living proof that combining professional and private lives can work. They are happily married, have two sons and live in the quiet community of Saint Colomban near Nantes in France. They have also been working together successfully as game designers for a number of years now. HABA became aware of the game designer couple at the festival International des Jeux in Cannes in February 2017.

The illustrator

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Maximilian Meinzold is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. His convincing characters and attention to detail mean that he always creates the perfect atmosphere for his games. He lives and works in Munich, and specializes in fantasy, science fiction and children's and young people's literature. He has already been nominated for numerous prizes for his work.