About Jenga in Chicago

Back home from a fascinating two-week trip around China where the top highlights of the many, many extraordinary sights I saw, were the 2,000 terracotta warriors in Xi’an (there are many thousands still to be unearthed), the women with long hair in Huangluo Village, and coming across students playing Jenga in a board game café in Suzhuo!

I’m now settling down to prepare for the International Toy and Game Innovation Conference in Chicago where I’ve been invited to give a keynote talk based on my book About Jenga, the remarkable business of creating a game that became a household name.

I believe they are hoping for a few helpful insights into the process of designing games, which I will do my level best to provide, ever mindful of those wonderful words of wisdom from one of my very favourite authors, P.G.Wodehouse:

“It was one of the dullest speeches I ever heard. The Agee woman told us for three quarters of an hour how she came to write her beastly book, when a simple apology was all that was required.”