Perils of an Active Brain

Well like I said, I was trying to clear the backlog of comments I needed to reply to. Unfortunately, I got waylaid by an idea for a new board game and spent most of my weekend tinkering with that instead. It needs a lot more polish if it’s going to work at all, and is a good illustration of why writing a brief at the start is a good idea. This one just stemmed from a random idea that just popped into my head, and hasn’t had a brief yet. Consequently it’s been flailing about, mutating from one thing to another as I put extra bits in and take other things out.

I think it’s going on the “interesting ideas to look at again sometime” pile. Get back to it in a decade.


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8 Responses to Perils of an Active Brain

  1. tornquistd says:

    I am very interesting in what information you put in a brief. From programming I have seen a lot of styles of documentation with fads coming and going most of it consumes a lot of paper but does not save time. However one format I have found effective is called a Use Case and I have been using that format long time. Any chance we can see an example brief? I can almost guess what the Dreadball brief has in it “Make fast playing sports game”? 🙂

    Some of my extensions to DKH have created unexpected but fun dynamics but rebalancing has become tickering that is losing focus. I need to regroup and focus on my goals writing them out seems like a good idea.

    • Quirkworthy says:

      I’ll dig out my blank brief form and post it up. half way through writing a bit about briefs anyway 🙂

      I did try use case for a while, but not for long enough for it to become second nature and it tailed off. It seemed like a good idea on paper, though it never came naturally and I kept getting myself tangled up in it. Nice if it works for you though.

      Emergent tactics are always exciting to watch, and often frustrating too. You know what you meant to change, BUT…

  2. Monkey's Blood says:

    I can appreciate the perils of random ideas… luckily as I’ve grown older I managed to recognise the fact that any idea for an spectacular and unique army had at 2am should be disregarded post haste. Particulary after the ‘Flaming Flying Cuboid Daemons of Tzeentch’ incident.

    • Quirkworthy says:

      I write stuff down uncritically when it occurs to me, even at 2am if it’s keeping me awake. I wouldn’t disregard those ideas out of hand as they may spark something better even if they are flakey themselves.

      • Monkey's Blood says:

        You must have a better track record of nocturnal inspiration than me. I distinctly remember the moment a few days later when I found myself elbow-deep in flying stands, old D6s and green stuff and I suddenly thought to myself “Hang on… what the heck was I thinking?”

        And the less said about the “Zulu themed Space Marines on Hoverboards” plan, the better.

        • Quirkworthy says:

          Yeah, we won’t mention that…

          I do have my fair share of dull nonsense, I was just cautioning that it’s not all rubbish. Sometimes wacky is the best way to go 🙂

  3. Monkey's Blood says:

    So…. what you’re saying is that I should totally give my flying cuboid daemons of tzeentch another go? OK, I’m off to the shed to find that box of old D6’s and flying stands… 🙂

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