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Runt Era (Game Diary #2: Legends of Runeterra)

I’m a big fan of collectible card games. I took MTG a bit too seriously back in the day. I’ve been playing Hearthstone since it came out. After looking at previews for Runeterra I was pretty excited about it. After playing it, I believe it is the best CCG available. But I still don’t like it. I blame the entire CCG model.

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Game Diary Video game

She’z N Control (Game Diary #1: Control)

Control was a game I knew very little about, but what I knew was very appealing. I picked it up on sale as a little birthday present for myself in January. At the time, I’d normally wait for a deeper discount, but my curiosity about the title compelled me to purchase.

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Role Playing Game

Interesting & Useful Twitter Posts for RPG enthusiasts.

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This is a compilation of twitter posts/threads that I’ve found to be interesting or useful for writing, playing, and talking about tabletop RPGs. I will try to keep this updated as I find more posts.

If there is a thread you’d like to see on this list, send it to me @JonathanDersch

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Gunblade weapon for OSR RPGs and D&D

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Just for fun I decided to write up a gunblade for use in OSR/SWORDDREAM style tabletop RPGs. Initially I thought it would be pretty simple, just a regular sword with bonus damage. But after looking into the new Gunbreaker class in Final Fantasy XIV, I realized through specialized ammunition it could be much more interesting.

The rules below are mostly system neutral (leaning towards Knave.) I’m sure it will not be difficult to adjust things to fit into your game.

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Role Playing Game

I made an RPG Adventure! (OSR D&D)

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I finally decided to dip my toes into the worlds of RPG writing and game jams through the Pamphlet Dungeon Jam on itch.io. My entry is The Library Beneath the Sands. It’s focused on exploration and discovery. While its intended to be ran with Knave (my favorite RPG system) you could easily run it with any version of D&D by replacing the monsters with some from the Monster Manual.

I’m really proud of this adventure so if you check it out let me know what you think!

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game design Video game

Three New PuzzleScript TrashGames by Me.

Before the end of the year I uploaded a bunch of new games to my itch.io page. These games represent the early stages of my getting back into PuzzleScript and game development in general. They’re pretty poor games, in all honesty, but the ideas behind them are OK. I also see them as a stepping stone to much better games. After working on these mediocre releases I’ve already got better games ready to launch and in development.

But whatever, here are some notes on the design of each game.

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game design Video game

Trigger Happy – Weapon Gimmicks in Video Games

With this post I want to take a look at weapons in video games that are mechanically unusual. They can’t just look weird, they need to to do something different than they would in other, similar games. The question is, what do these unusual behaviors add to the game play experience? Let’s take a look at a few different examples to see.

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Video game

Fun on Your Phone – Hidden Gem Mobile Games

Mobile gaming is the future of gaming. It’s by far the most prolific and intuitive gaming platform available. Despite its potential, mobile gaming is often misused by developers. But it doesn’t have to be. Below is a brief list of some of my most favorite mobile games. These are going to be less well known offerings that I feel highlight the strengths of the platform.

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Making Fun – Game Development for Absolute Beginners

Creating your own video game is a very daunting task. It’s a craft that incorporates coding, graphics, sound, game design, and basically everything else under the sun. There are many different pieces of software to help you along: Game Maker Studio, Unity, Construct, plus others. I’ve tried out the three mentioned in the previous sentence. They’re all good, and are a good choice to start out. But recently I decided to try a new program that I feel is the best for absolute beginners: Pico-8.

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Buddy Systems – AI partners in Video Games

AI partners in games have changed a lot over the years. Sometimes these end up as the dreaded “escort mission” where it’s your job to protect the partner. Other times they can be invaluable assets to your cause. Let’s look at a select few examples to explore different ways this mechanic is handled.

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