Achieving playfulness in strategy game design

On a recent podcast episode, Brett “BrickroadDX” Lowey and I discussed the property of “playfulness” in strategy game design, and a lot of conversation over on my stream and Discord have taken place since then. I thought it would be good to first lay out my cleanest explanation for the term, and then indicate the … Continue reading "Achieving playfulness in strategy game design"

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CGD Podcast Episode #70: Actor removal, and thoughts on score systems

“Points quantify something which should remain in the realm of qualitative measurement.” This is the most succinct way that I know to express my problem, not so much with “score systems” per se as described in Ella Hoeppner’s recent blog post – which also spurred a bunch of conversations on my (now daily!) Twitch stream … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode #70: Actor removal, and thoughts on score systems"

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Gem Wizards Comic: “Daydreaming” by Peter Siecienski

Playtester, artist, game designer and all around cool dude Peter Siecienski(also known as NoMoreBirds—who some of you may remember as having done some awesome PTL fan art years ago) is back with a new Gem Wizards comic. This one tells the story of Derby Pocket, one of the original five Dragon Bridge characters. Check it … Continue reading "Gem Wizards Comic: “Daydreaming” by Peter Siecienski"

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“Easy” Games, with Brett Lowey

Today on the Clockwork Game Design Podcast I have an interview with game developer & designer Brett Lowey (AKA BrickRoadDX), the lead (and only!) developer at BrainGoodGames. Under this company he has made a number of cool, interesting and fun single player strategy games which you should definitely check out (here they all are on … Continue reading "“Easy” Games, with Brett Lowey"

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CGD Podcast Episode 66 – Dev journal, recent games, and asymmetry

Hi everyone! Today is one of those “a bunch of stuff” episodes, featuring a bit of a dev journal on stuff like Uninstall Academy (a very tiny gag game I released last week), Gem Wizards Tactics (yes, that’s the name again), and a bunch more. I also talk about a bunch of games I’ve been … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 66 – Dev journal, recent games, and asymmetry"

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