Push the Lane!

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. Theme It’s an American Gladiators or Nickelodeon’s Guts! type … Continue reading "Push the Lane!"

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CGD Podcast Ep. 31 – permadeath, structure, the death of game design writing, and more

Hello everyone. Today I’m talking about a new article I read about permadeath/grinding, as well as what I perceive as the death, or at least curving off of, the world of game design writing. I also read and responded to a Frank Lantz quote (now on the Dinofarm Forums!) on the topic of structure in … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Ep. 31 – permadeath, structure, the death of game design writing, and more"

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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 18: Single/Multi-player and 50% Win Rates

Today I talked about how and why games work best with a 50% winrate (even single player games). That’s because learning in games is extremely hard due to their inherently complex and ambiguous nature. Getting a loss when you had a 10% chance to win doesn’t necessarily tell you much about your choices in that … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 18: Single/Multi-player and 50% Win Rates"

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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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The Clockwork Game Design Podcast: Episode 5 – The Limitations of Boardgames

While it’s tempting to think otherwise, computers are the best tool we have for pursuing great game designs. In this episode, I also talk about how “abstract” games are problematic due to low information density, the information horizon, and a lot about the medium of board games.   Some relevant links: http://boardgamegeek.com/browse/boardgame – all game … Continue reading "The Clockwork Game Design Podcast: Episode 5 – The Limitations of Boardgames"

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