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…

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…

What’s Your Puzzle?

What’s Your Puzzle?

While many tabletop games focus on particular strengths, there are certain things that basically all games need to be successful: a cohesive aesthetic, ways for…

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…

Friday Game Break: The Con Is On

Friday Game Break: The Con Is On

Given that the League is a pretty scattered bunch, geographically speaking, it’s highly likely that you’ll see us attending events from coast to coast in…

How to Decide If You Need a Game Design Partner

How to Decide If You Need a Game Design Partner

When I first started designing games, my husband Pete and I were very intentional about saying, “These are your games, these are my games, and…

Rethinking Graphic Design

Rethinking Graphic Design

I’ve been a Graphic Designer for 14 years and a Boardgame Designer for almost 4 years. Most Boardgame Designers who are working towards a Kickstarter…

Game Elements: Actions

Game Elements: Actions

All games need actions. Otherwise, do you really have players, or just observers? Today I continue my examination of the different core elements of games…

Tabletopia: The Imaginary Ideal For Design?

Tabletopia: The Imaginary Ideal For Design?

Tabletopia is a slick looking, inside-your-browser, online experience where board games go digital. It’s being supported by some big names in the industry due to…

Translating Mechanics from Mobile to Tabletop

Translating Mechanics from Mobile to Tabletop

A look at GemPacked and Gempacked Cards by guest blogger, Eduardo Baraf. Eduardo is producing his sixth title for Pencil First Games. And he’s upping…

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