Game Design Inspiration: Mechanic Creation

Game Design Inspiration: Mechanic Creation

As game designers, we are always searching for inspiration. I love to start a new game with an idea of a mechanic. Sometimes the mechanic pops into your head, fully formed and other times, it needs some help. Here is an exercise I use to encourage new mechanic ideas...
The Blog is Back

The Blog is Back

Why the blog has been quiet The more beady-eyed Imp followers may have noticed that The Dark Imp blog hasn’t been updated for some time. In early September, my lovely brother Anthony died, very unexpectedly when he had travelled to the US to speak at a...
Asymmetric Game Design Challenge

Asymmetric Game Design Challenge

Each episode of The Game School (my show on Teacher Hug Radio), contains a game design challenge. Here’s a recent challenge for you to tackle.  In these mini game design challenges, the idea is that we make decisions quickly – we want to have the outline...
Update: RBS & Porch

Update: RBS & Porch

Porch I was asked to contribute to an article for Porch.com called Expert Advice for the Ultimate Game Room at Home. I answered the question: What are the factors people should consider when choosing board games for the whole family? Here’s my reply:“Different...
Game Box Design Challenge

Game Box Design Challenge

Each episode of The Game School (my show on Teacher Hug Radio), contains a game design challenge. Here’s a recent challenge for you to tackle.  In these mini game design challenges, the idea is that we make decisions quickly – we want to have the outline...