We here at Pandasaurus Games are proud to introduce the world to Weiqi, our amazing mascot!
We received a ton of great entries (really, more than 300!) over the last few weeks and can’t believe how creative our fans are. We had some amazingly good entries, so we would like to thank everyone who helped in the naming contest for our Pandasaurus, but there could be only one winner and it’s Pastor Mora! So it looks like we’re paying shipping costs to Argentina for every game we ever produce. More expensive than we bargained for, but well worth it!
When we heard the name Weiqi we knew it just fit the Pandasaurus. It’s almost as if Weiqi was his name all along and we were just waiting for someone to tell us. Weiqi is the original Chinese name for the game most of us know as Go. It fit perfectly, as Pastor Mora put it “It’s short, it’s cute, it’s ancient like your dino, it’s Chinese like his panda part, and it’s gaming-related to one of our most beloved game ancestors.”
I sat down (well, virtually sat down) with Pastor Mora and asked him a few questions about himself and Weiqi:
Weiqi is an amazing name, how did you come up with it?
Well, I’m very fond of ancient oriental cultures. I studied Japanese (unfruitfully) for years and even designed my own game on the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. So I had a baggage of ideas to pick from.
Weiqi is the original ancient Chinese name of the game Go (we know for its Japanese name). It’s short, it’s cute, it’s ancient like your dino, it’s Chinese like his panda part, and it’s gaming-related to one of our most beloved game ancestors. So I thought it was very suitable.
When the talented Damian Isherwood first showed us his design for the Pandasaurus we were smitten, what did you think of the mascot?
It instantly made think about my boys (aged 1.5 and 3). They are cute and huggable, but can easily tear things down to pieces if you let them loose. It is also a very common combination for a mascot, but taken to a whole new level. Very cool.
Speaking of huggable, the other half of Pandasaurus games (my fiancee) thinks I should get a tattoo of him. Please reassure her it’s a terrible idea.
I’m married to a French girl, so nothing sounds too weird for me. If it works for you as a couple, go right ahead! Anyways, I’ll say you keep it to your buttocks, for her private amusement.
Enough about Weiqi, how long have you been a hobby gamer?
I’m genetically ambi-undexterous, so I was very into games as a fun exercise from my early youth. I’ve been designing and playing games since I was in Elementary School. I played mostly tabletop RPG and some tactical wargames and print-and-play games with my friends. Then, about a decade ago, University, work, family, life, etc took over, and so did eurogames.
Awesome, so how did you get into hobby gaming?
I’ve been a hobby gamer since always. I had to be, to get my hands on anything to play. This is because boardgames –other than a few mainstream titles– are not something you run into here (you cannot even get Settlers of Catan in Argentina!!!). I had to start my own FOLGS to remedy that!
Awesome, any favorite games?
In my youth, the few games I had were my favorites, but above all History of the World (not the Brief one). Now that I have a huge variety of games available, I’ve actually turned to be very promiscuous regarding my favorite game. I immediately fall in love with a game, only to trade it away for the next fancy title I run into. Over the years, I have dated Saint Petersburg, Ys, Caylus Magna Carta, Shogun, Thunderstone, Macao, and Navegador.
Any big gaming moments that stick out in your mind?
The last session of an eight months RPG campaign I wrote and mastered. It took about 14 straight hours. Memorable. The first time my group played Twilight Imperium. A couple of 3-hour tutorial setups and a full game. It also took about 14 hours. Epic. And lastly, Troy appointing me his successor as Geek of the Week in BGG. That took me the whole week! Something I trust my geeky grandchildren will tell their friends with pride.
A lot has been made of Tammany Hall as a “holy grail” game for a lot of gamers, do you have any holy grail games?
Oh, I have a ton. Right now, I close my eyes at night and dream about the latest edition of Rallyman (with Dirt and the cool mini metal cars), the 3rd cool-looking edition of Dominant Species (not the previous prototype), the Spanish edition of Twilight Struggle or playing Epic Thunderstone over Yucata. Unfortunately, sleeping is something that doesn’t happen to me too often for the last 3 years. Ahh… those little pandasaurus… you’ve got to love them…