Game design

There’s a lot to learn about making amazing tabletop games. Here’s where I share what I’ve learned about game design.

The Ultimate Guide to Co-Designing a Board Game

The Ultimate Guide to Co-Designing a Board Game

Co-designing a board game is a wonderful opportunity to bounce ideas around, work with another designer, and of course make something you can be proud of. I've worked on almost a dozen games with co-designers as of this post, and I've been privileged to tap their...

How to Write a Rulebook for Your Board Game

How to Write a Rulebook for Your Board Game

Rules can feel hard to write. They have to make a game feel understandable to the reader, clarify your intentions, and make sure players feel like they know what they're doing. It's a weird blend of technical writing that shouldn't sound like technical writing. In...

Help, My Design is Too Complicated!

Help, My Design is Too Complicated!

So you've been working on a game for awhile. It's changed themes, mechanics, and rules more times than you can count... OR... You're working on a game, and it's a 'kitchen sink' sort of game. You've thrown everything you can think of into the game... By the time you...

10 design lessons from classic board games

10 design lessons from classic board games

Part of making the future of board games means knowing where the industry has been. I'm of the firm belief that each and every game you can play can teach you something, no matter how old it is, whether it's a game you like or not, and so on. All 10 of these games are...