The board game community loses Chad Jensen, designer of Dominant Species

November 15, 2019 - 10:17pm
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Gaming suffered a loss as we lost Chad Jensen, one of the great wargame and board game designers, as well as a spectacularly nice person. Chad is best known for his work with GMT Games, where he was designer of Combat Commander: Europe (2006), a seminal wargame, considered an inspiration for the genre. Chad continued changing the hobby with Dominant Species (2010), currently at BGG #51, a beautifully designed area control game which has become a modern classic. In May 2019, Chad was given a diagnosis of late stage cancer. The board game community was there to help with words of support, and a GoFundMe campaign to help defray expenses. Although he fought a valiant battle, the game was designed to be unwinnable, and the dice were rigged against him. His wife and co-designer Kai said it best on Facebook: “Fifty-two laps around the sun and then off to the stars...”

Today the games are a little less fun.

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