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Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Eric Lang

Think Like A Game Designer: Eric Lang Eric Lang is a legendary game designer who has created more games that I’ve personally enjoyed than almost anyone. Just to name a few Eric designed: The Game of Thrones Card Game, Quarriors, and Blood Rage. He’s launched several...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Tom Lehmann

Tom Lehmann is a former economist, programmer, and game publisher turned full-time game designer. He’s the creator of Race for the Galaxy and has created expansions for games like Pandemic and St. Petersburg. Today we discuss everything from economics, expansions, and reward systems in games. There’s a lot of wisdom here, so grab a notebook!

Creativity in the time of COVID

As with most of the world, I am sheltering-in-place while essential workers brave exposure to the COVID-19 virus. I am humbled and grateful to everyone out there risking their lives to save others. Beyond my admiration for essential care workers, I also feel for those...

The Lost Chapter: Think Like A Game Designer

This newsletter is actually a lost chapter from my book: Think Like A Game Designer. It’s something I’d originally written to add to the book, but had to cut it to keep things clear and focused. That said, I still think it’s an important lesson that any new game...

Think Like A Game Desiger Podcast: Keith Baker

Keith Baker is a renowned game designer and storyteller. He was the creator of the D&D setting Ebberon and Gloom. He has traveled the world creating and running Story based games. If you’re into role-playing games like D&D or any other story-driven games there’s a lot to learn here.

Design Principles of Raph Koster

Raph Koster has undoubtedly changed the world of gaming. He was the lead designer of the legendary Ultima Online and the creative director behind Star Wars Galaxies. In 2004, he wrote A Theory of Fun for Game Design which highlights our desire to learn as...

Check out the Think Like A Game Designer Podcast!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about game design from the greatest minds in the industry, now is your chance. In each episode of the Think Like a Game Designer podcast, I have a conversation with a brilliant game designer to deconstruct their strategies, tactics, and...

Death and Gaming

This post was originally written as an email to the Stone Blade Entertainment email list, but it is more personal than usual and so I wanted to share it here as well. If you’d like to see more of these kind of posts, let me know in the comments or sign up for the...

Steemit Update

Hello and Welcome to JustinGary.com! I've taken a break from posting here, but not from writing!  You can find many of my recent articles on game design, lifestyle design and philosophy on Steemit.com/@jg02  Please check out my work there and leave a comment to let me...

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