Tips for Designing Heavier Games

Tips for Designing Heavier Games

Lately, I have been working on two heavier designs. One is an upcoming release to come out at GenCon and the other is a new…

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…

The Story Behind The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire

The Story Behind The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire

Luke Laurie, member of the League of Gamemakers, was interviewed by Dan and Brian over at the Doxcast. This insightful interview goes behind the scenes…

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…

Euro and Ameritrash: Why Blanket Terminology is Hurting Us

Euro and Ameritrash: Why Blanket Terminology is Hurting Us

You have a game. Maybe you made it, maybe you bought it, and you want to play it with someone else. When they ask you…

Designing Action Selection Mechanics – Henges of Stone, Part 1

Designing Action Selection Mechanics – Henges of Stone, Part 1

(This series will chronicle the design and development of Henges of Stone in conjunction with youtube videos, until the game is eventually published… or abandoned.)…

Steal this Game Idea!

We game designers are creative people, often to the point that we have WAY too many ideas to be able to see them all become…

Flexible, not Indecisive

Flexible, not Indecisive

From the initial game design inspiration through the many stages of development, flexibility is needed to end up with a successful, fun and well designed…

Refining Your Game

Refining Your Game

This is Part 3 of my series, “How to Design a Worker Placement Game.” Most of this piece is applicable to any type of game…

How to Design a Worker Placement Game Part 1

How to Design a Worker Placement Game Part 1

Do you want to design a worker placement game? Are you working on a design, but want to make it better? Would you like to…

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