Push the Lane: Loot in a Strategy Game?

Since Push the Lane entered this latest phase back in mid-2017 (basically after the failed Kickstarter version, which was much more puzzle-game-like), it has become much more videogamey. By that, I mean, it has focused a lot more on fighting, monsters, items, special abilities, moving around a big map and such. I have been thinking … Continue reading "Push the Lane: Loot in a Strategy Game?"

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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 #19: The Process, and Designing Games Like Applications

In this episode I talk about my process of five major stages in game design. I also talk about how game design is not a guaranteed thing. We tend to think of game design in terms of “designing lots of games”, sort of “churning them out”, when in fact, we should be thinking of it … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode #19: The Process, and Designing Games Like Applications"

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CGD Podcast Episode 16: A Conversation About Rogue-likes with Black Shell Games

I had a conversation with the main developers at Black Shell Games – Daniel Doan, Raghav Mathur, and Thomas Espinoza – on the topic of Rogue-likes, a design pattern that has appealed to both of us. In the episode, we cover topics like the relationship between Rogue-likes and gambling, grinding, difficulty, replay value, and other … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 16: A Conversation About Rogue-likes with Black Shell Games"

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