Category Archives: GAME DESIGN

GJJGames Interview

George at GJJGames was kind enough to interview me.  George is a game designer and reviewer (and interviewer!).  Thanks George!

Nuclear Bomb

Image result for kim jong unThere’s an ethos in game design: you have to be prepared to kill your darlings; take a grenade to your rules, and let the real game – free of unnecessary additions – be reborn.  Well, we’ve just stepped that up and taken a thermonuclear H-bomb to FUSION.  We’ve North Koreaed its arse. Continue reading Nuclear Bomb

Gaining and Losing Time

Akira and Hoshi’s Nuclear Magnetoplasma engines thrummed as they raced towards the asteroid and the precious actium claim. Neither wished to break interstellar law by activating their weapon banks and risking the interference of a Peacekeeper. However, that didn’t mean there weren’t ways to mess with your rival.

Akira planned to infect Hoshi’s engines with a virus but timing was everything. He needed to delay just long enough so that Hoshi couldn’t respond with her antivirus.  Waiting… waiting … Now!  The sudden noise and light stunned him.  When his senses cleared, he realised he’d missed his opportunity.  Hoshi had jammed his systems, and now his viruses were in Cooldown.

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Command Cards in FUSION

Akira contemplated his situation.  It was not good.  He’d been caught unawares transporting his cargo, and the pirate Uki had almost finished him off.  Hiding in the asteroid field had helped, but Uki had caught up to him and her deadly guns were ripping him to shreds.  In addition, if Uki’s missiles struck home, he’d probably be dead.  Akira’s Anti-Missile Drones were in the air, but Uki’s fighters were ready to launch, and that would take care of that defence.  Akira had a couple of cards up his sleeve though.  He had a virus that would allow him to steal a missile or drones, and his own guns could offer some defence.  If he could survive the missiles, it was just a matter of evading the worst of Uki’s guns one more time, limping along to the Dark Cluster and jumping away.  Simple, really.

Welcome to Fusion: Space Combat, the game of starship combat in the 23rd century.  In this two-player game, each player takes on the role of a special pilot that ‘fuses’ their intelligence with an immense spaceship and issues commands to their craft. You and your opponent go head to head, attempting to destroy each other or racing to deliver minerals to powerful conglomerates, all the while avoiding pitfalls such as asteroids, gravity wells and electric storms.

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Designing a game – does it ever end?

You’ve designed a game. You’ve tested it against yourself 100+ times. You’ve press-ganged one or two people into being the initial playtesters and feedback group. The game is of course complete crap the first time they get involved, so you rightly blow up and redesign huge chunks of it. You test it against yourself 50+ times. That same group replay the game, because naturally you want to see if your changes have fixed the game. Of course they haven’t – what were you thinking?
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