Game Elements and Strange Rituals

Game Elements and Strange Rituals

Sometimes, games emerge from a designer’s mind fully formed and wonderful. Maybe they have some tiny issues here or there, but small tweaks will fix…

Do Diligence!

Do Diligence!

When we playtest games, we tend to get a lot of suggestions from players. As designers, it’s our job to parse those comments and decide…

BGG Hotness 2016

BGG Hotness 2016

This post is dedicated to 21 special games that will begin BoardGameGeek.con as The Hot Games. BGG Knows Hotness Of course, BGG and its site…

Take the Trobil to Teach Your Game Right

Take the Trobil to Teach Your Game Right

Chris Strain wrote one of my favorite pieces on the League, called Teaching a Game. I’ve referred to it several times, because I believe it…

The Magicians’ Assistant – Mental Models in Game Design

The Magicians’ Assistant – Mental Models in Game Design

Seth Johnson is one fantastic designer who is particularly strong at understanding theme and the game journey of the player. Seth has been around the…

Stealthy Math

Stealthy Math

If you’re like me, you’re a total math nerd. Not all designers approach games from a mathy perspective, but many do. I love solving the…

Too Many Games, Too Little Time

Too Many Games, Too Little Time

Oooh, the possibilities in this snapshot of the prototype pieces at Print & Play Games! I can think of five moments in the last week…

Win Ratios in First Time Cooperative Play

Win Ratios in First Time Cooperative Play

As a follow up to JR Honeycutt’s article on Cooperative Games: Advice From the Experts, we asked some of the top board game designers of…

Just another Mechanic Monday – II

Just another Mechanic Monday – II

Wish it was Sunday… What tabletop games did you play over the weekend? Do you do as I do and think on what makes a…

Where in Gen Con is the League of Gamemakers – 2016 Edition

Where in Gen Con is the League of Gamemakers – 2016 Edition

And now for our annual Gen Con where is everyone post … This year’s Gen Con promises to be a lot of fun yet again….

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