Three little indies sitting in a tree …

Three small game studios – Underground Games, Auroch Digital and Bos Taurus Diceworkshave announced a partnership to work together on board games.

The three companies originally met through digital game development but all three had a passion for board games and realized that there was much more to be gained by working together than working apart. Between the three companies, there is a wealth of design experience, artistic talent and production skills – however, each time one of them encountered a challenge, they had to deal with it on their own. Together they plan to share best practices to solve the inevitable challenges more efficiently.

This cooperation is also an attempt to buck the current trend in the games industry of larger companies gobbling up indie developers while the remaining indies compete for an ever smaller part of the revenue. Instead of competition, these three companies choose to cooperate based on shared values and ways to run a business.

Meet the indies

Underground Games is responsible for the both Jagged Alliance: The Board Game and Castle von Loghan, two games originally launched via Kickstarter.

Auroch Digital is currently running a Kickstarter campaign titled Mars Horizon: Blast Off in which each player leads a major space agency from the dawn of the space age through humanity’s journey to Mars.

Bos Taurus Diceworks is new to the industry and is currently working on an as-yet unannounced major IP title.

Underground Games is located in Germany, while Auroch Digital & Bos Taurus Diceworks are both in the UK. The three companies also have called on other independent developers to join their cooperation and push the envelope on how games can be created and brought to players.