Think Before You Stat

Stats continue to be a popular choice in game design. They are a simple and intuitive way of creating mechanically unique player characters, and mediating conflicts between these characters and the world. But should stats really be the go-to game design choice? In this article I discuss what stats are, what they fail at, and […]

Designing in Another Morality

As designers we all construct and manipulate the moral universe of our game. When we ask a person to play our game, we often require them to pivot their worldview and ethical framework. In this post I discuss the moral power of designers, and then move on to my approach to re-framing player expectations to […]

The Art of Tough Choices

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As a GM, I love giving characters nail biting, soul crushing, world shattering decisions to make. It gives the players true agency over the story, and leads to gloriously intense moments of roleplaying. But these decisions only have their intended effect when they’re actually hard for characters to make. So, how do we craft tough choices? Every great decision (read: […]