Artifact and the Game-Complexity Overton Window

If you haven’t played Artifact, you should give it a try, I think. Not because it’s good necessarily, although I do think it’s probably the best CCG (collectible card game) I’ve ever played. I could talk about the bad kinds of randomness in the game (pro card player Reyand basically describes the difference between variable … Continue reading "Artifact and the Game-Complexity Overton Window"

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CGD Podcast Episode 46 – Against Management (and Decisions?)

Hey everyone! Welcome to Episode 46 of the podcast. This episode talks about what it means when a game uses “management” as its basic functionality. It also talks about “decisions” and whether those are really what we’re after in strategy game design. I also propose a new vision of what it could be like for … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 46 – Against Management (and Decisions?)"

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Naomi Clark on systems thinking and social responsibility

Today I’m super-excited to have Naomi Clark on episode 45 of the Clockwork Game Design Podcast. Last year, Naomi ran a super-successful Kickstarter for her two-player social card game Consentacle, which in addition to having beautiful, memorable artwork, is also trying to use systems to explore human communication and connection in new ways. Naomi is … Continue reading "Naomi Clark on systems thinking and social responsibility"

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