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Cubiko Games

For the last decade, Gavin Birnbaum has handcrafted a wooden game every single year. As his inventive auction game Q.E. expands its cult success, the designer tells us why his son is still the first person he needs to impress – and why he doesn’t consider himself a gamer

GAVIN IN THE WOOD

You might expect someone who has created a new board game every 12 months for the last 10 years to be an obsessive player, yet Gavin Birnbaum wouldn’t describe himself as a gamer.

“I can’t remember the last time I bought a game,” he admits. “I grew up on loads of simple games like Risk, Cluedo, Monopoly, Dover Patrol, chess, Scrabble, Battling Tops – the list goes on. Nowadays, I haven’t normally got time to play games and I haven’t a clue about most of the games I see or hear about.”

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