Designer Diary: Moo’s Code…and an Unimaginable Copy | BoardGameGeek Information


Hello, my title is Anja Wrede, and I’m a sport designer from Germany. Principally I work on kids’s video games, and the subject of this text is a kind of designs.

The sport’s first version was referred to as Karla Kuchenfee, and it was first revealed in Germany in 2010 by my very own publishing home, Edition Siebenschläfer. I made the sport in addition to the drawings.

Board Game: Moo's Code

The sport went on to be licensed in different nations, with the primary one being in France in 2012 from Asmodee underneath the title Carole et ses drôles de recettes (Carole and her humorous recipes).

Board Game: Moo's Code

Different nations adopted, and I am glad that for fairly some years Hong Kong writer Jolly Thinkers has had the sport in the marketplace as Moo’s Code or MOO斯密碼, licensing the design in a number of nations.

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Board Game: Moo's Code

The latest model from 2019

What Is Particular concerning the Recreation?

• Once you have a look at it, the very first thing you see is the wood spoon.
• The second factor you see are totally different playing cards with footage and dots.
• A participant will get the spoon and a card that exhibits them what to do – what number of occasions they need to faucet on the desk to point out the mix of things for which they’re trying. They strike one to 4 faucets for every merchandise. In between two gadgets, they stir the spoon to point out that the sign for an merchandise is completed and there will likely be one other one.
• These alerts are fastened to the syllables of the gadgets, so it’s simple to recollect them. And by the best way: it’s enjoyable, and it’s studying as properly.
• The opposite gamers hear, then look by all of the playing cards on the desk for the matching one.
• A mouse seems on some playing cards, and the participant screams to sign this card every time it seems.
• To facilitate the training of the tapping construction, all gamers obtain an support card that exhibits the image and the alerts.
• As a result of the sport is predicated on syllables, the gadgets used within the sport are totally different within the totally different language variations.

Why Am I Writing All This?

Taking a look at these footage, you’ll be able to see a number of variations of the sport:

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One differs from all of the others. Oh, it’s apparent, you say: Just one exhibits a pig, whereas all of the others present a cow.

You’re proper about this, however this isn’t the purpose I wish to inform you about. Sure, other than this element, all of them look the identical. Even the themes are the identical: You’re searching for one thing to eat.

However one in every of these shouldn’t be a licensed model. Considered one of these video games is a replica.

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As you may guess, the copy is Sandwich Recipe, the sport with the pig from writer Huge Bear and Bee. The sport is properly made by way of materials and graphics, and while you see it, you may assume, “Oh, it is a new licensed model of Karla Kuchenfee or Moo’s Code, that are nice-looking video games as properly.

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However no, it’s 100% a replica. The quantity and sorts of playing cards, the variety of gadgets, the spoon, and even the profitable scenario are all the identical as these of my sport.

Oh, okay, for example there’s solely 99% resemblance since they turned the cow right into a pig.

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The Firm Huge Bear and Bee is from China, and it began producing the copied model in 2022. Trying on the again aspect of the field, you even see they care concerning the formal data that ought to seem on a sport field. They’re making an attempt to promote the sport to corporations as in the event that they designed it and personal the rights.

This isn’t true, by no means.

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So what can we — Jolly Thinkers, the writer, and me, Anja, the designer – do? We wish to play video games, and we want to discuss if there’s something mistaken. We wish to comply with guidelines, each whereas taking part in and whereas working in video games.

Sadly, the scenario concerning the sport rights right here is troublesome, and whereas we tried to achieve out to this firm in China, we didn’t obtain any solutions to our request, which leaves us with a number of questions:

• How can I and the way can the writer even deal with the rights all around the world?
• How can we even discover if there’s a copy someplace?
• How can designers and publishers earn their dwelling if others simply take their concepts and replica them and earn cash with the concepts and the work of another person?

These are only some of the questions that must be talked about, and the one reply I may give proper now could be to point out what has occurred to as many individuals as potential, so please share this report.

And please inform Jolly Thinkers and me if ever you see any copied variations like Sandwich Recipe with out my title on them, or name out the copycats on social media and establish them as a replica.

Let’s keep collectively and hope that this copy market is not going to develop.

Thanks for studying and all the most effective,

Anja Wrede (AnyaW)