Gettin’ Figgy With It: Boston Festival of Indie Games 2016

Gettin’ Figgy With It: Boston Festival of Indie Games 2016

We can demo Rocket Cats in Space about eight times in one hour. Eight demos an hour, four people per demo, for eight hours. By…

A Game Designer’s Convention Packing List

A Game Designer’s Convention Packing List

Gearing up for Gen Con? Making a list for Metatopia? Before you hit the road, make sure you have the essentials. I don’t mean socks…

Friday Game Break: Just the Numbers

Friday Game Break: Just the Numbers

It’s Friday! And nothing says Friday like a math problem! …okay, we’re just kidding. But it IS important for game designers to understand the math…

Friday Game Break: Theme vs. Mechanics

Friday Game Break: Theme vs. Mechanics

There are battles, and then there are BATTLES. And what bigger battle is there than mechanics vs. theme? Ask any game designer which is more…

Friday Game Break: Contests! Contests! Contests!

Friday Game Break: Contests! Contests! Contests!

We’re big fans of contests here at the League of Gamemakers – in fact, many of us know one another from participating in game design…

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…

Stop Thinking, Start Making: When You’re Drowning in Idea Debt

Stop Thinking, Start Making: When You’re Drowning in Idea Debt

In late 2015, Jeff Cornelius left me a challenge in the League of Gamemakers Facebook group: “If you make a game about mermaids,” he said,…

One of You Is a Bear: A BEARanoia Design Diary

One of You Is a Bear: A BEARanoia Design Diary

My very first game, BEARanoia, is about to be released at Essen and I couldn’t be more excited. But for this design diary, I decided…

Is Retheming Cheating?

Is Retheming Cheating?

Have you ever played a game but thought, “This would be so cool with X, Y, and Z mechanics” or “OMG THIS GAME NEEDS MERMAIDS”?…

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