The Road to Ruin aka Holiday Report Pt. 2

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Art, Board games, Combat, Game Design, Game Publishing, Mechanics, Playtest, Rules, The Road to Ruin, Uncategorized

I tend, as a designer, to rush to artwork and layout quite early in the design process.  While other designers recommend waiting as late as possible before incorporating these graphical elements, I have not managed to internalise this habit.With The Road to Ruin, I quickly moved from the white index cards to template cards that I wrote […]

The Road to Ruin aka Holiday Report Pt. 1

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Last year I got involved with a local board game design group based out of the Games Laboratory shop here in Melbourne.  I’d dabbled with board game design, first with a largely depressing climate change game called Equilibrium. Following that foray, I decided to try another board game.My inspiration this time was from one of […]

Forge Engine combat turns description…

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One of the unconventional elements of the Forge Engine RPG is the structure of the turns.   Traditional RPGs have a round/turn structure where each character has a discrete turn within each round.   Their actions occur within their own turn, and time passes in a strangely linear fashion which requires some mental gymnastics to unravel.   Once each character’s round […]

Playtesting the Forge Engine

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Tonight was our first playtest of a new game system I’m working on called the Forge Engine, which is an Abilities and Skills based d10 system: •   Ability and skill based system (classless)•   Give players freedom to craft their own characters•   Increased power through larger dice pools (d10 dice)•   Opposed rolls for combat to keep participants engaged•   Skill challenges against […]

What to Steal From D&D Next!

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Now that I’ve had time to think about some of the things that those crafty designers are WOTC are doing for D&D Next, I think that a few of their changes to that game are worth pursuing for future versions of Heroes Against Darkness. Things to steal from D&D Next:•   Slower scaling progression•   Resistance reduces damage by […]