The NFL Five TCG is the latest TCG to come out of Panini Games, and features exciting gameplay that will put the American football field on your tabletop, allowing you to build your own custom team and playbook and take on other coaches head-to-head.
When it comes to a new game, there can be a lot to learn about what the game is about and what it’s trying to achieve by hearing about it from the designer, and to that end we reached out to designer Brian Fahmie with a few questions for him about who he is and the design of NFL Five. Brian was kind enough to take the time to answer our questions and provide us with some interesting nuggets of wisdom and tidbits of information – see the full interview below!
MM: First, hello Brian, and thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions! Let’s start with some basics – who are you? What’s your role in Panini, and your title in relation to the NFL Five TCG?
MM: Is the NFL Five TCG your first published game design, or have you worked on anything in the past?
MM: How long has the NFL Five TCG been in design/development? Did it go through any major overhauls throughout the process, or were you able to hone in on the core early on?
MM: When designing the NFL Five TCG, did you attack it from the perspective of building a game first and making sure the theme worked later (bottom-up design), or did you approach it by taking the NFL theme and trying to build a game around emulating that (top-down design), and did you encounter any pitfalls in your approach along the way?
MM: A lot of game designers tend to draw influence from other games when designing theirs. Are there any particular games or mechanisms that the NFL Five TCG drew inspiration from or paid homage to?
MM: Do you have a particular card or cards that were your favorite to come up with effects for during design/development?
MM: NFL Five deck building is extremely open-ended. As the person with, we can assume, the most recorded hours of play in the world (for now, at least!), what’s one piece of gameplay advice you’d like to give to all the budding deck-builders and players just getting into it?
MM: Other than NFL Five, what are three of your favorite physical games (TCGs or Tabletop Games) to play?
MM: Who is your NFL team in real life (not within the context of NFL Five)?