Steve Bannon on RPG design:
"[D]on’t invent shit. Take something that works and make it better."
This afternoon I went back into an old journal looking for something, and cripes it's like I was totally a different person in the late summer of 2015. I'd been let go from a longtime wearying job in March and was living off severance from it. And I was on fire! I'd come up with #Threeforged and was running it. I was playtesting Traverser, had gutted out the core system and designed its current fantastic core system as a replacement. And I see now notes on another game idea with good potential.
Thinking about the #venning thing in the context of boardgames. Would most board game designers come up with a lot of the same circles--worker placement, deck building, etc? Or would their circles be as subjective and personal as the ones by RPG designers?
Have you seen me talking about Traverser, my current project? It’s an RPG like The Clay That Woke, with fiction that reflects its mechanics and conveys its genre and themes. If you’re curious to see an excerpt of the fiction, and about the mechanics it reflects, check out the One-time Journal of Findings in RPG Design:
If this doesn't make your heart sing we can't be friends
Yeah, for me abandoning a game is very different from and independent of finishing it. Abandoning a finished game means stuff like letting it go out of print, stopping playing it at cons, stopping entering into conversations about it, pulling it from PDF sales, stuff like that.
How often do I crack open the game to look something up? Do I think and feel about the game in present tense, past tense, or future tense?
Hey @lumpley, would you say that Amazons is in the same tight mechanical tradition as The King Is Dead, Bedlam Beautiful, and Midsummer Wood? How would you Venn these games relative to each other?
Before that you just don’t know. The odds are, no matter how accomplished you are as a designer, it’s going to come apart on you, in some way you never expected, and never be a game. More games come apart like this than get to the point where you know you can make them a game. After getting to that point, finishing one is still work, but it’s a different kind of work with a different kind of energy. (2/2)
There’s a point you hit in an RPG design project when you know if you just do the work, you’ll have a game at the end. It can come pretty early—if you’re working from someone else’s game engine it can come before you’ve hardly written a word. If not though, you have to solve your game’s whole chain of problems, see it function in playtesting, and write enough of it to create your confidence you can convey all of what’s needed as a game text. (1/2)
When you read and play an RPG do you feel you know the designer better -- how they think the world works, what's important in life, how relationships work? If you know my games what are some things I think about those things?
#SeriousWriting is eliminating a scene by making another one do the extra work you expected to need from it.
Space exploration via one gram spacecrafts? Fascinating to think about.
I just backed Potlatch: A Card Game About Coast Salish Economics on @Kickstarter. Pretty excited to play it with my six-year-old. http://kck.st/2y0X544
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