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Broken Age – Act I: Trust Between Puzzle-maker and Puzzle-solver

I played the first act of Broken Age this morning and I want to highlight a well designed puzzle in each character's chapter. Vella: In the clouds (Meriloft), Vella’s goal is to get back down to the ground, and it becomes obvious that the only way to do this is to make one of the… Continue reading Broken Age – Act I: Trust Between Puzzle-maker and Puzzle-solver

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How I attended GDC for 7 days for less than $1000

The 2020 Game Developer's Conference begins March 16th! There are many hot topic articles on why and how you should attend the conference (or even if you should), and I'm gonna add my experience with budgeting for the trip to your list of helpful reads as you prep yourself for an exciting and stressful week.… Continue reading How I attended GDC for 7 days for less than $1000

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Game Critique: Microsoft Studio Stacker card game

I usually like to talk about parts of games that are well designed, or how they could even be made better with simple improvements. But today, I’m going to critique one that I do not believe accomplished its design goals. I will also provide my solutions for the issues. Just before GDC 2019, Microsoft announced… Continue reading Game Critique: Microsoft Studio Stacker card game

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The Shortest Look at Mechanics and Difficulty of Super Mario 64 (1996, Nintendo 64)

Super Mario 64 is one of the first video games I ever played. I remember the holiday season my brother got a Nintendo 64, along with games like Cruis'n World, GoldenEye 007, and Super Mario 64. I'm pretty sure I played on the system more than he did... The core mechanics of Super Mario 64 are… Continue reading The Shortest Look at Mechanics and Difficulty of Super Mario 64 (1996, Nintendo 64)

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This weekend I gave a talk on tutorial design using rulebook writing techniques and tbh I've been too tired and sick to write up a post summarizing it, but have this picture of me talking with my hands about reference guides in games.