Game design patterns for building friendships

Game design patterns for building friendships

In November of 2016, a small group of veteran game designers got together in a remote portion of Texas for a think tank called Project Horseshoe. Our workgroup dug deep into how design can help build meaningful relationships within games. You can read the other...
Autumn of Indie Game Markets

Autumn of Indie Game Markets

Ah, the fall. A time to reap what has been sown and contemplate the cycles of the seasons.If you are a smaller game developer, you’ve likely noticed some cyclical shifts in how we make games. Games are looking nicer than ever, don’t they? That quality bar keeps...

Minimum Sustainable Success

Let’s dream for a moment about sustainable game development.Game development is inherently unstable. Technology, markets, profit margins and teams shift regularly. Any of these can quickly destroy a previously comfortable business. Individual game developers end up...

Loot Drop Tables

Many games have loot. Usually this drops randomly. Loot drops are a pretty mundane topic, but one that almost every designer runs into at some point. Here are some best practices I've encountered over the years. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to these tips...