Posting late. I try to be good about always posting to this blog on Friday and always posting my podcast on every other Wednesday. For some reason that means I stay up late Tuesday and post the podcast early Wednesday unless something goes wrong. But for this blog it means I write something up late … Continue reading Where Did the Time Go?
A while back I was trying to figure out how to work a reputation system into a game. I couldn't figure out a way to implement it and went another direction. Then yesterday, someone on Discord was trying to solve almost the exact same issue. And I came up with a pretty good solution in … Continue reading Helping
I’m currently at a dance recital rehearsal. It’s my second this week. In 2 hours I’ll be at a symphony rehearsal in this same room. Since I have to get a post written, I was inspired to write about how strange of a journey life can be. So how did I get here? I went … Continue reading Life is a Strange Journey
Some recent conversations online have me thinking about the time cost of game design. Most designers do not make a living with game design. It is sometimes a secondary income and many times a hobby that costs money. These are all perfectly valid ways to go about game design. But I started wondering what it … Continue reading Time Cost of Game Design
The contest judging has begun. We were able to start a week ahead of schedule. It’s about 52 hours into judging and we already have 268 responses. Every game has been judged at least once so far. It’s a great start. The system I’m using to organize all of the judging, a mix of google … Continue reading Judging Has Begun
Lately I have heard several people complaining about the structure of board game reviews. Specifically the fact that they usually start with a mechanical overview or how to play. However, I think this part of a review is integral to a board game review. People usually compare board game reviews to reviews of other media. … Continue reading Board Game Reviews
I've been sick all week and couldn't muster the energy to do anything beyond watch TV. I'm getting better though and managed to send out some reminder emails for the contest today. Hopefully I can get some game design work done and catch up on everything else. Design contest deadline is April 21st. Get your … Continue reading Out Sick
I can’t wait to start judging the design contest. Submissions are open, but most won’t come in until the final days before the April 21 deadline. The judging form is ready. We have plenty of judges (but there is room for more). I’ve advertised about as much as I can. I have other work I … Continue reading Patience
There are a variety of game design contests out there. Each has its own requirements for entries. When it comes to these contests they generally don’t require the game to be done. But how close to done should it be? I can only answer definitively about The Board Game Workshop Design Contest. For this contest … Continue reading Is Your Game “Contest Ready”?
I’m at Unpub this weekend. It’s going well so far. I was on 3 panels which was a new experience. I was brought onto the panels later in the process so I didn’t have much time to prepare. Luckily the rest of the panelists (AnnaMaria Jackson-Phelps, Marti & Sarah Mahood-Wormuth, Jennifer Graham-Macht, and Jay Treat) … Continue reading Reflecting