Category Archives: Game Design Theory

Everything in its Place

Today I’m thinking about small games and air in boxes. I’m slowly playing my way through my game collection, culling the unworthy, and enshrining the blessed. As I play even more games than usual, back-to-back, I’m struck again by the … Continue reading

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Something Fishy

Kohaku has turned out to be one of my better choices on Kickstarter. It’s a charming little tile-laying game that looks lovely and has a light brain sizzle in both solo and multiplayer.  Now I’m not going to write a … Continue reading

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Game Design: The Dreaded Roll and Move… Sort of

Some mechanics are considered weak, redundant, or just plain bad by most gamers, and leading the march of this sorry band is roll and move. Roll and move does what it says on the tin. It’s simple, unsophisticated, and when … Continue reading

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Game Design: A Load of Chit

When I started work on the Old Skool Skirmish (OSS) system, the main challenge was to make it feel like it belonged in the 80s. At the heart of my approach was to focus on old mechanics, and I soon … Continue reading

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Game Design: Challenge Yourself

As I mentioned on Monday, I’m swapping out Project Shuriken for the moment while I polish my drawing skills a bit more. The replacement is a tabletop SF skirmish game called Blast ’Em! This is the first outing of what … Continue reading

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Game Design: Where Do Ideas Come From Anyway?

Over the years I’ve often been asked where I get my ideas from. It’s a standard question that is often posed to any writer or designer. There are several ways to reply. The most honest answer is to admit that … Continue reading

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Game Design: No Mercy

I’ve been working on Project Fishsticks lately. Originally, it was a dice game. For the first playable version it was quite happy being a dice game, though it wasn’t yet good enough for my tastes. More work needed. So I … Continue reading

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Game Design: Double Vision

Been working on a new thing this week. Surprisingly, this isn’t me getting distracted and butterflying off; it’s actually a core part of my plan. Working on a single project at a time, from start to finish, without a break, … Continue reading

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Game Design: How To Avoid Distracti… oh Look, Kittens!

It’s very easy to get distracted. Happens to me all the time. Distractions aren’t necessarily a Bad Thing. I think they’re a sign of an active and curious mind, and that’s a Good Thing. I definitely don’t want to stomp … Continue reading

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Game Design: The Usual Confusion

Game design, like every other creative process, starts with endless possibilities. As you go through the various stages, your once infinite options narrow, and the vague initial spark coalesces into a fixed and final form. There are things to like … Continue reading

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