Day 11: Werewolves and role selection

Continuing with the flipping theme, today’s mechanic is a small idea for round to round action selection, inspired in part by werewolves, or a sort of Jekyll-Hyde transformation. +++++++ Day 11: Transforming roles The...

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Day 10: Flipping Contraptions

Today is just a quick idea, written in between films. It is designed to be an abstract game in the vein of Hive, with tiles of different powers and interactions. +++++ Day 10: Flipping...

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Day 9: Paths and Dice

Today I’m writing on the road , having just arrived last night in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, for the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. So between films I’ll be noting down my ideas...

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Day 8: Mouse Circus

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I’m often a mechanics-first designer, so sometimes I find it helpful to get out of my normal zone, and think of a game theme first. This way, hopefully I can explore an unusual theme,...

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Day 7: Reverse area majority

Woohoo! We made it to a week! Only 51 to go. A particular thanks to David Mortimer, whose kind words have definitely given me a boost and made me feel that this blog is...

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Day 6: Skyscrapers

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Today is a smaller mechanical idea that might be enough for a whole game, or possibly part of a game. I was inspired a little by Kashgar, the Kosmos 2013 Essen release, in which...

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Day 5: Roguelike boardgames – in Space?

During my internet wanderings yesterday I discovered the definition and idea of a roguelike video game. Even the definition in some sense is controversial, but the key points I took away are that ‘roguelike’...

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Day 4: Bumps

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In Cambridge every term there is a ┬árowing competition called ‘Bumps‘. It is a relatively unusual rowing race, in that instead of all teams starting side by side and racing to be the first...

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Day 3: The Spirit World

I must admit that I’m not entirely sure that the following idea hasn’t already been done…it is one of those things in the back of my head that I can’t remember where it came...

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Day 2: The Octopus

This mechanic is in part inspired by a recent advertisement that I kept seeing on Youtube – that of an octopus playing against 4 different table tennis opponents at once (link). Could this be...

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