Death Pit Duels (designer Bryan Johnson, publisher Frost Forge on Game Crafter).
Monday, October 1, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018
recorded our discussion on this topic in April of last year.) I recall such games represented in my earliest readings on game theory in the form of a decision-payoff matrix. In a two-player game in which each player makes a single decision from among a finite number of choices, without knowledge of the other player's decision, the decision-payoff matrix labels the rows with one player's options and the columns with the other player's options. The corresponding cell for a given combination of decisions yields the payoff to both players.
Monday, September 17, 2018
signed it with Hexagram 63. The publisher identified some modifications for us to explore, so Keith tested some changes out at WashingCon and again at The Island Games, our friendly local game store. The changes that Hexagram 63 requested seem to work well, but some other feedback that Keith received surprised us somewhat. We have to look hard at where to make changes and where to stick with our original design.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Monday, September 3, 2018
Twitter among a few game designers about the use of spreadsheets. For my part, I find them useful in maintaining balance in a game's economy, in the relative values of different components of the game. In "Magnificent Marvels," Keith and I recognized the need to be sure that the different components with widely varied point values would need appropriately balanced building costs, and we put together a spreadsheet to try to manage that.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Monday, August 20, 2018
recounted an initial foray into a collaborative design with Keith Ferguson. We have come a long way in those two years, and that work has paid off. On August 6, Hexagram 63 Game Studios announced that we had signed with them to produce "Magnificent Marvels," our contraption-inventing game. Keith and I are excited to be working with Anthony Racano and his team to make "Magnificent Marvels" a reality on the tabletop.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
In this second post in a series exploring games of strategy (begun last month), designers Aaron Honsowetz, Austin Smokowicz, and I explore strategic games involving sequential moves, i.e. those in which each player's decision happens in the context of knowing opponents' previous decisions. This exploration has its foundation in Chapter 3 of Dixit, Skeath, and Reiley's Games of Strategy.