Against score systems (and for success and failure)

Strategy game designers should start thinking about alternatives to “score systems” for their games. In this article I will talk about how and why we use score systems right now, what their weaknesses are, and how we can (as well as why we should) move beyond them. Much of this article is written with respect … Continue reading "Against score systems (and for success and failure)"

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The Default Number of Players is One

I did a Twitter poll recently: What would you say is the default/ideal number of players for strategy games? — Keith Burgun (@keithburgun) May 17, 2016 Most people (almost half!) voted that there “is no default/ideal”. That probably sounds like a safe, reasonable choice, but it’s really a pretty bold claim to say that there … Continue reading "The Default Number of Players is One"

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CGD Podcast Episode 20: Options in Games

In this episode – our 20th! –  I talk about the idea of “optional game rules” and why they are to be avoided. I also go into detail on some experiences designing abilities for Auro. Enjoy!   http://media.blubrry.com/clockworkgamedesign/p/www.keithburgun.net/cgdpodcast/episode20.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

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CGD Podcast Episode 17: Rogue-likes and Other “Bar Games”

I don’t mean “bar” as in “pub”, I mean it as in like a resource bar. In this episode, I talk about Rogue-like games in detail, why it isn’t really a genre, and what the future of these games are. What can we do with single-player strategy games? Must they all be “managing highly random … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 17: Rogue-likes and Other “Bar Games”"

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