I’ve been working on this game since late 2015. It started as an abstract dragging-stuff mobile game like Threes, then become more of a single player turn-based League of Legends, and now has become a strategy/tactics game that doesn’t resemble anything in particular.
Here’s a rundown.
It’s an American Gladiators or Nickelodeon’s Guts! type of TV game show. A sport – played single player, against basically an advanced strategic obstacle course, fighting robotic minions.
I write a lot about how bad output randomness is for games, but today I want to write about a problem common in many deterministic games – specifically ones that lack hidden information.
Why doesn’t everyone just play chess, if it’s so great? The answer is that chess, or other ancient abstracts like Go and shogi, or even modern abstracts like the Gipf games, Through the Desert or Hive – these games really aren’t that great. They are all largely “look-ahead contests”, and people pick up on this, consciously or subconsciously, and it makes them all kind of annoying to play.
Here’s the process of look-ahead in action: what will happen if I make move X? Once move X is made, what will happen if the opponent makes moves A, B or C? If he should make move A, then I can make moves D, E or F… and so on. It’s literally scanning through every possible (or reasonably valid-seeming) move that you can. Games of chess, at least at novice and intermediate levels of play, tend to come down to simply who does more of this. One way to put it is that it’s a matter of quantity, not quality. Continue reading →
I’m launching a Patreon campaign to support my article writing and possibly help me create other game-design-related media.
With my second book, Clockwork Game Design finished (it will be out March of next year), I want to really up my game in terms of article writing. You’ll notice that I’ve re-designed my site. That’s only the beginning! I want to write articles more regularly and constantly increase the level of quality with each article.
Further, I want to go back and maintain articles. I want to update, or in some cases completely re-do articles if they’re no longer valid/relevant. In other words, I want keithburgun.net to be a reliable source for the latest in cutting-edge game design philosophy.