A Guide to Gamebooks for Boardgame Designers

On Christmas Day 1982, I received a book called the Warlock of Firetop Mountain as a present and I was hooked. Over the next 3 or 4 years I bought and played a number of Fighting Fantasy and other gamebooks. I kept the books and replayed some of them several years ago, but recently I... Continue Reading →

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Games Hack coming up

Ever wondered how easy it is to get from first ideas to working game? Wonder no more. Come and have a go! Vince at Asgard Games in Walsall is letting me put on a Games Hack this month. We'll meet up late afternoon on Saturday 22nd July in the shop, then teams and individuals will... Continue Reading →

Dicing with Probability

How many different ways can you make 7 from two dice rolled at random? The answer, obviously is six different ways. 1 plus 6, 2 plus 5, 3 plus 4, 4 plus 3, 5 plus 2 and 6 plus 1. I know some people disagree over counting the combinations in both orders, but the bottom... Continue Reading →

Too clever by half?

I'm trying to write a card based rpg and do you know what? I'm overthinking it. I have a basic mechanic which is designed to be fast and fluid, and the outline of a working narrative to hang the tale from. I even have believable characters to inhabit this world and half an idea as... Continue Reading →

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