Economics in Games featuring Armand Domalewski!

This Saturday (July 22nd) at noon (PDT), I will be bringing a special guest on stream to talk about the interaction of economics and games! Armand is a good friend, who in addition to knowing a lot about economics, also has expertise in debate and respectable nerd cred himself including Pokemon Go training for Sen. Scott Wiener.

Follow Armand on Twitter: @ArmandDoma

Octalysis Level 2 Certified

Hey all, this is gonna be another quick self-promotion post. So I’m now Level 2 Octalysis Certified, but instead of this just being an achievement announcement, I felt like this would be a good excuse to talk about what gamification is and how it’s thought about. So let’s talk about the prompt and skills tested by Octalysis Level 2 certification.

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Featured by The Octalysis Group!

A while ago, I entered The Octalysis Group’s challenge for improving the design of Habitica, a gamified productivity service. Octalysis is a behavioral design model that interprets user behavior through motivations, and it helps give a framework to thinking about how certain motivations can have synergistic or even antergistic effects in the right or wrong combinations. Though I didn’t win the competition overall, I was a finalist and my entry got featured! If you don’t have time to read through my whole presentation, I’ve curated a few excerpts in my portfolio.

Game Design Misconception 2: Balance is Parity

Welcome back to my game design misconceptions series. We’re back and gonna be discussing a particularly tricky misconception today: the purpose of game balance. These are all misconceptions I’ve held at one point or another as I grew as a game designer, so hopefully it’ll be informative to all you aspirants out there too!

As to the reasoning behind the header picture? I’ve still got quite a few more misconceptions to post about, so I’m gonna leave that explanation as a teaser for a later post.

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Dwarven Weeaboos Announced By CGC Games

We interrupt this program for an important announcement!

Dwarven Weeaboos, a card game Nathaniel has been acting as producer and game designer on for the last several months, has been announced by CGC Games as it’s next game to be released! It’s a game that celebrates (parodies) anime and nerd culture, and it should be hitting Kickstarter in mid-April!

 

Now back to your regularly scheduled waiting 2 months for a post!

Game Design Misconception 1: Balance is Paramount

Like any discipline, game design has it’s share of misconceptions held by the public or aspirants to the field. Maybe it’s because game design is a relatively new field, or maybe its because players don’t realize the gap between their feedback and the improvements they’re hoping for. But that’s just the process of learning, so this series is going to share some of the misconceptions that I’ve held along my journey as a game designer.

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