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...
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...
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...
Getting inspiration for a new board game

Getting inspiration for a new board game

I’m often asked where my ideas for new games come from. The truth is that they come from all over the place: random things I hear, patterns I spot, components from other games, strange game-playing dreams and discussions I have with other designers, amongst other...
The importance of playtesting

The importance of playtesting

Whenever anyone asks me for my top tips for budding game designers, I always say the same… playtest, playtest, PLAYTEST! Playtesting is putting your unpublished game in front of other people for them to play it – whether it’s written in sharpie on the back of a...