Category Archives: Western

Liveblogging LABOURGAMES this weekend

I know I haven’t been posting much, but I’m excited to announce that I’ll be liveblogging an “unconference” about play, games and work that’s happening in Berlin this Saturday called LABOURGAMES. I also have some ideas for game design blog posts … Continue reading

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Play Festivals Chapter

The book with my chapter on festivals of games and play finally came out! It was super interesting to do all the interviews, try to figure out what was going on with the festivals, and write about it. The book … Continue reading

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Monster Garden Demo on itch.io

A demo of the first half of my game “Monster Garden” is on itch.io. Download it here. Lots of monsters, lots of silly feedback…and hidden mysteries? And always looking for your feedback. 😀 There are two Let’s Plays! From 45:30 in … Continue reading

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The Monster Garden is Coming

My good old-fashioned posts were delayed once again by another article I was working on for an online magazine about energy and play, which will come out later this month. But I’ve also fallen head-over-heels for RPG Maker MV lately, … Continue reading

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Book Chapter on Game Festivals!

Alright, time for the big reveal after months and months of silence. For the past year I’ve been interviewing people involved in game and play festivals (Indiecade, Come Out & Play, Playpublik, w00t, Playful Arts Festival, etc.) and writing about … Continue reading

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Five Fantastic Unknown RPGs

If you like underrated, flawed-yet-classic, diamond-in-the-rough, hidden treasure RPGS then I’ve got some sweet, sweet news for you. I’m always scouring the playfield for imaginative and inventive gems, and these are a few you should know about. 1. Magic PenGel … Continue reading

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Quit the Grind: Other Ways to “Level”

In many RPGs you reach a point when battles are neither novel nor challenging, when you’re just going through the motions for gold or experienceーalso known as grinding. It can kill any momentum the game had going, and it turns … Continue reading

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