SG: The video/computer game industry has sucked a great deal of life out of the board game industry in the United States. People, especially young people, are drawn in by the sound and fury of video games and have, more or less, abandoned board games. Why hasn't this happened in Germany?
RK: Well, of course, there is a strong influence of video games in Germany, and they're a big part of the market share. Of course, it does take money out of the board game market, however these are two very very different things which satisfy two very different needs. I'm not a very big video game player. It really doesn't have what I'm looking for in a game. For me, games offer a stage where I can have a good time with other people. I don't want to have a good time with the screen of my PC. It's the other people that make each board game experience fresh. It's not about winning. I mean, I want to win, but winning is not important. It's about measuring your wits with other people, seeing how you come out, and seeing the reactions of the others. For this, I prefer my human counterpart sitting across the table than my PC.
SG: I think some people see electronic gaming as, ultimately, a threat to traditional boardgaming.
RK: People are not afraid of their washing machines. What does that mean? Everybody uses their washing machines and there are electronics in there. We don't classify a washing machine as an electronic thing, but we still do that with games. I'm absolutely convinced that soon we will see a new type of game that still gives us the atmosphere and the feel of classic, traditional boardgames -- with players seated around a table, but that these games will be electronically supported. You won't really notice it, but you'll get a much richer experience and you can concentrate much more on the gameplay because everything else is very naturally taken over by the unit and supported by the unit. That's something I'm working on very strongly. There are some specific things to be seen this year and I hope that I will be part of that new development because I'm absolutely convinced that that's where we will end up.