Does every board game have to be innovative? Should every designer try to include something in their game that the world of board games doesn’t know yet? Do players expect innovation when they buy a game?
I think not.
Stephen King has been preaching for years that writing books is a job like any other. He calls himself a craftsman. I myself believe that there are only a few geniuses, and outstanding designers, such as Garfield, Wursch, or Cathala. The rest of us must try as hard as we can to be the best in our craft. To be like Stephen King. That’s all it is.