Design Journal

Think Like a Game Designer: Sean K. Reynolds

Sean K. Reynolds is a prolific writer and game designer who’s worked on hundreds of supplements for various RPGs, including Dungeons & Dragons. Sean and I met years ago when we were both working for Upper Deck, where Sean was an IP developer. From there, he left...

Think Like a Game Designer: Ben Brode

Ben Brode worked for Blizzard for 15 years, working his way up from a low-level position to become one of the lead designers of the monstrously successful game Hearthstone. He is now the Chief Creative Officer at his own game studio called Second Dinner, which created...

My Favorite Productivity Tools

As a gamer, I'm always looking for ways to streamline my play and be more efficient with my resources. The same is true with my creative work. I'm always looking for the best way to optimize my time to create the best games in the least time while having the most fun...

Think Like a Game Designer: John D. Clair

John D. Clair is the designer of Mystic Vale, which was awarded the ORIGINS Award and Gamer’s Choice award in 2017. His other titles include Downfall, Rumble Pie, Custom Heroes, Space Base, and Edge of Darkness. He is a fantastic designer with a lot of wisdom to...

Think Like a Game Designer: Luke Peterschmidt

Luke has done a lot of incredible work as a game designer, working on indie games like Miskatonic School for Girls all the way up to massive games like Bakugan. He’s worked for a lot of awesome companies (Games Workshop, AEG, SpinMaster, Wizards of the Coast) in a...

Think Like a Game Designer: Phil Walker-Harding

Phil has a great origin story because it is one that represents what it’s like for most designers to make it in the industry. His most popular game, Sushi Go!, has sold over a million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. Phil specializes in games that are...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Alan Phan

Alan Phan and his team recently launched a million-dollar Kickstarter for a trading card game called The Grand Archive. What’s amazing is that he and his friends had never made a trading card game before, so today we’re going to learn a little bit more about Alan and...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Richard Bartle

Richard Bartle is a legend among game designers. He has a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence and is the co-creator of the first virtual world ever to exist, a game called Multi-Use Dungeon or M.U.D. Richard authored the book Designing Virtual Worlds and his most recent...

No one knows what they’re doing…

“The World of Warcraft Miniatures Game is getting scrapped.” The words of our head executive echoed in my ears. Unlike the rest of us, who were sitting around in t-shirts and hoodies, he was wearing a button-up shirt and acting as though he were the only adult in the...

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