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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > February 2019 (#27) > Anomaly


Last year’s Decrypto announced Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance as the inventive designer of the moment. Now he’s following his brain-twisting word puzzler with the galaxy’s most high-stakes game of hide-and-seek


Anomaly is more combat- focused than many hidden movement games, with student players able to fight back against the creature chasing them

When Thomas Dagenais- Lespérance says his career as a game designer started with the classics, he doesn’t mean Ticket to Ride, Catan and Carcassonne. He doesn’t even mean Monopoly, Go or chess – or any game at all, for that matter.

The Canadian creator was instead motivated to start making games by the unlikely inspiration of classical music, which he had studied at university before going to work in a music school. But faced with a crisis of confidence and a dwindling musical output, Dagenais-Lespérance found himself increasingly unsure about where to direct his creative urges.

“Composing music, there was something a bit stressful about it,” he says. “Through university you meet all those very, very talented people. I started music quite late and there was that feeling that I guess I wasn’t good enough. I would see a lot of people who had started music at five years old or something like that and had perfect ear and it was like, how can I compete?”

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