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I design lots of games. I'm former co-Founder of Move38 and currently a designer/developer/marketer for North Star Games

Awards:

  • Winner, Concours International de Créateurs de Jeux de Société, 2007
  • Finalist, 1000 Year Game Design Challenge, 2010
  • Finalist, Mensa, 2015
  • Winner, Best Combinatorial Game Award, BGG, 2015
  • Winner, Best Combinatorial Game Award, BGG, 2017

My current favorites among my own designs are:

I'm also a developer on the following games:

Design practice and principles:

  • My goal is not to design games that make you exclaim "How did he think of that?", but rather "Why didn't I think of that?"
  • My favorite kinds of games to design are: 2p strategy games with minimal rules, and multiplayer party games
  • Focus on generating emergent complexity from simple, intuitive rules
  • I like singular, easy-to-visualize goals
  • I'm crazy for hexagons
  • I emphasize direct interaction in strategy games
  • I value mechanics that allow for big, game-changing turns in strategy games
  • Except in special cases, I like to design games that aren't like others, rather than improve on preexisting concepts.
  • When designing starting from theme, I focus on elegant simulations
  • Lately I favor designs that seem fairly tactical at first, but which become more evidently strategic with experience.
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