Theme vs Mechanics: The False Dichotomy
Designing

Theme vs Mechanics: The False Dichotomy

Most conversations about theme and mechanics treat games as if those are the only two elements a game has. Some comments make it seem like…

The Myth of the Shaken Sand Timer
Musings

The Myth of the Shaken Sand Timer

It’s Pictionary Night. Aunt Karen and company are on the brink of capturing an unlikely victory… After all, her utter absence of two artistic cells…

10 Movies that Should be Board Games
Musings

10 Movies that Should be Board Games

Sometimes a movie has such a direct link to a board game mechanic or a unique theme, the idea jumps out at me immediately after…

Theme is More Important than Mechanics
Mechanics

Theme is More Important than Mechanics

Does your latest design resemble flavorless tofu cubes, ready to mix with a flavor? Are the mechanics straight from a can, with a generic label?…

Exploring Drafting
Mechanics

Exploring Drafting

Teale Fristoe is the founder and head designer of Nothing Sacred Games. His games include Corporate America and Shadow Throne, which is currently on Kickstarter….

Starting and Growing SoCalPlayTesting Yahoo Group
Gaming

Starting and Growing SoCalPlayTesting Yahoo Group

The SoCalPlaytesting Yahoo group currently has a membership of 126 of which approximately 20 to 25 members meet regularly a least once a month and…

Mechanics are More Important than Theme
Mechanics

Mechanics are More Important than Theme

When talking non-RPG tabletop games, mechanics make the game. Mechanics ARE the game. Themes and components can enhance games and create more immersive experiences, but…

“Hey You Guys” – Increasing Your Personal Connection with Backers
Kickstarter

“Hey You Guys” – Increasing Your Personal Connection with Backers

Hey everybody! A big thank you to all of you who are reading this post from the League of Gamemakers! You guys are awesome, and……

“Ask the League” – Play test sessions
Feature

“Ask the League” – Play test sessions

Brad: For Letter Tycoon I’ve been recording the play length, scores, and which letter tiles were bought by each player. Comparing the scores and letter…

Game Contract Pitfalls
Publishing

Game Contract Pitfalls

First and foremost, I am not a lawyer. Contract law is a beast, and if you’re unsure about the wording in a game contract, take…

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