Finding Balance Before Playtesting

Finding Balance Before Playtesting

How do you know the value of a card, or resource in a game you’re designing? I see this question pop up from time to…

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…

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…

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…

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….

Taking Audio Feedback

Taking Audio Feedback

Today on the League we have a guest post from Franklin Kenter. By day, Franklin is a math professor, having earned himself a PhD in…

Are your Prototypes Good Enough?

Are your Prototypes Good Enough?

Building prototypes is time consuming, tedious, and often expensive. So, you might be wondering: How good does your prototype have to be? How much money…

Depth and Complexity of Design – with Randy Hoyt of Foxtrot Games

Depth and Complexity of Design – with Randy Hoyt of Foxtrot Games

Introduction by Michael Domeney You’ve planned, you’ve experimented, you’ve crafted a workable prototype, you’ve playtested for days, weeks, even months. The gameplay is enjoyable, the…

Unpub-in-Review Haiku

Unpub-in-Review Haiku

Last weekend, I had the joy of attending Unpub 6 in Baltimore. In honor of National Haiku Poetry Day (April 17th), and perhaps to provide…

Playtest Tactic: The Stress Test

Playtest Tactic: The Stress Test

To check the strength of your heart, your doctor may attach wires to your chest, hook you up to all sorts of monitors, and sentence…

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