August Game of the Month: Wheel

August Game of the Month: Wheel

Over at the Board Game Designers Forum, there is a monthly game design competition. A theme and a few parameters are given for a game—say “time” and “has dice, but no more than three”—and from that, you have roughly two weeks to turn around a 500 or 800 word description of a game. Not the complete game, but the idea behind the game and some expression of how the game would play. The winner of the competition gets nothing at all; all that participate get the experience of starting a game design in public and gathering criticism from other designers ((I have entered two or three times, never won, but still benefited from the experience)). From these proto-games, real, finished games may emerge. Continue reading “August Game of the Month: Wheel” »...
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The BattleTech DMG: Missions

The BattleTech DMG: Missions

When developing the movement system, one of the questions I had was why use it at all? After all, if my ‘Mech is dug into good cover, why would I ever leave and expose myself to enemy fire? The answer is in the actual BattleTech miniatures game: there are missions, and those missions have your force doing something. So why move? Because you have a mission to advance to a target. Or because you need to get into position. Or you need to search for an objective. Continue reading “The BattleTech DMG: Missions” »...
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The BattleTech DMG: Movement and Positioning

The BattleTech DMG: Movement and Positioning

One of the comments from the demo of the BattleTech DMG at GenCon last year was about getting more of the tactical aspects of the BattleTech game into the DMG. The proof of concept game was really a slugfest: two ‘Mechs pounding it out on the battlefield with Take Cover or Dodge cards allowing ‘Mechs to avoid getting hit. It really wasn’t much more than playing an occasional card to adjust your opponent’s chances of hitting. Playing the miniatures game, a lot of the gameplay comes into maneuvering your ‘Mech around into a better position, hoping to get flanking or around to where the enemy cannot react to your attack. Continue reading “The BattleTech DMG: Movement and Positioning” »...
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