Columns: About Game Design

A series of articles about game design by John Reiher and other authors.

  • Opening Shots:
    A short article about some of the cardinal rules of game design.
  • Guest Column: Why We Game:
    Some commentary on why people play games from the veteran game designer Richard Tucholka
  • Of Dice and Games:
    The first of a series of articles that looks at the nuts and bolts of game design. In this article we look at the different aspects of our favorite tool in games: Dice. 
  • Variance and Game Design: 
    An article by theletteromega that takes a deeper look at dice and variance associated with different methods of generating random numbers.

3 Responses

  1. […] on December 7, 2008 by kedamono Announcing a new column on the Emerald City Gamefest Web site: About Game Design. This column is not a guide to game design, but more along the lines of the philosophy of […]

  2. Good ideas, John. also

    Don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you don’t have time to create a complete game system then just make a part of one to do something you really want to do. Something fun for the players.

    Allow other designers to borrow your stuff. If you have a great mechanic, why not share it with proper attribution?

    Ask yourself how much of a commitment is needed to play the game. Can it be played as a one-shot? How about a short adventure arc?

    If there are different roles in the game, are they all fun to play. They don’t have to equal in power or influence if they are equally fun.

  3. […] this is some thoughts about game rules. John has been writing a series on game design for this site and much of game design is really about rules. Some games also provide interesting […]

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