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“To be useful, an item must be used.” – Francine Jay, The Joy of Less.

Something I like to think about when creating systems and content in games. This quote helps me when I'm feeling overwhelmed about all I want to do with my projects; I just need to think about the things that my players will find useful and enjoy. Don't confuse this for thinking of how games look… Continue reading “To be useful, an item must be used.” – Francine Jay, The Joy of Less.

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Monster Systems for The Dark Waters

I've been working on transferring over monsters from the bestiary into a spreadsheet for The Dark Waters (can you believe I was just working in a word doc before? Spreadsheets is so much easier to keep track of systems and stats). I've added speed to all monsters, since only a couple used that stat before, and… Continue reading Monster Systems for The Dark Waters

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day… and games.

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. As a Jewish person, I'm automatically attached to this and affected by it, directly and indirectly. Antisemites like to use this day to prove that the holocaust didn't happen and that "even if it did," it really wasn't… Continue reading International Holocaust Remembrance Day… and games.

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Analysis of a Krav Maga 360 Defense Drill

When my instructors say "Let's play a game," in my Krav Maga classes, I get excited. I love games! But, sadly, Krav Maga games don't exactly match a game designer's definition of game; there's no winner, loser, or really even any kind of quest other than tapping someone on the shoulder while they try to… Continue reading Analysis of a Krav Maga 360 Defense Drill

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Cheat Codes Podcast Episode 148: Light Gnawing

(My favorite thing I've done so far) [Listen to the podcast] Game editor at Lone Shark Games Aviva Schecterson helps us try to make “fetch” happen this week as we pick apart the fallout of Nintendo’s decision to discontinue the Miiverse, Acid Wizard Studio’s fight against free game key resellers, and the death of the… Continue reading Cheat Codes Podcast Episode 148: Light Gnawing

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Getting the best out of your playtests

At Gen Con 50, I spoke on a panel with Jake Given, Carly McGinnis, and Matt Fantastic that focused on different aspects of playtesting. So, here’s a post about data tracking when playtesting your games, which is only a portion of the panel, but is that part that I felt most knowledgeable about. This applies… Continue reading Getting the best out of your playtests