Ten Things I Learned in my First Five Years as a Game Designer

Ten Things I Learned in my First Five Years as a Game Designer

1)Know your style
 I like to play all kinds of games: party games, strategy games, family games, card games, etc. But that doesn’t make me…

How to Playtest – Part 3, Being a Good Playtester

How to Playtest – Part 3, Being a Good Playtester

Given the upcoming Protospiel at Pacificon, it’s time to take another look at playtesting. The best games are yet to be made, and a key…

Why do gamemakers go to GENCON?

Why do gamemakers go to GENCON?

Gencon 2016 has come and gone, and many, many members of the gamemaking community were there: designers, developers, publishers, illustrators, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. What…

Pacificon Protospiel

Pacificon Protospiel

http://bit.ly/PacificProto You’ve probably heard of Pacificon, one of the longest running West Coast Conventions, currently held in the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel over Labor Day…

Giving Board Games New Meming

Giving Board Games New Meming

If you follow the League of Gamemakers at all on Facebook, you probably know that we work very hard to keep our followers engaged with…

Kickstarter Heroes and Princesses

Kickstarter Heroes and Princesses

Over the past few years, Kickstarter has emerged as the primary entry point for small, independent game makers and publishers. However, even though countless first-timers…

Polyspiel at Polycon, Playtesting in San Luis Obispo, CA

Polyspiel at Polycon, Playtesting in San Luis Obispo, CA

Polyspiel at Polycon June 17-19, 2016 Cal Poly University Union On Facebook: http://bit.ly/PacificProto For more Info: LukeLaurieGames@gmail.com Held annually at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo,…

Good Games – Hard Choices

Good Games – Hard Choices

In this piece, I discuss creating decision points in games that create satisfying yet tough decisions for players, drawing from my experience working on The…

How to Design a Worker Placement Game Part 4: Energy Empire

How to Design a Worker Placement Game Part 4: Energy Empire

Two years ago, in April of 2014, I started this series on the League of Gamemakers. At the time, I had already begun the game…

Go to Cons! DunDraCon Protospiel #1

Go to Cons! DunDraCon Protospiel #1

Gamemaking, even if you self-publish, is not a solo endeavor. It takes relationships and collaboration to get your game signed, sealed, and delivered. Game conventions…

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