Top Trumps

Top Trumps
This whole 2016 election cycle was craziness. But one thing that kept popping up in my mind was the classic kid’s card game Top Trumps. It’s a game I have distinct memories of playing as a kid in the UK. Gameplay is pretty simple: each card represents a thing (car, superhero, etc), that have a ...

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare
As part of her weekly homework, my daughter brings home a board game from school. She’s 5 years old, “Year 1” in NZ parlance. The games tend to be designed along whatever lines they’re teaching at school — usually simple math — and themed almost at random (“this game is about fish! Help the fish count ...

Captain Bogg & Salty: The Card Game

Captain Bogg & Salty: The Card Game
I just typed up the rules from the scrawled notes I made. I’m still working on designing the cards themselves, but that’s going to take some time. This will do for now. Captain Bogg & Salty: The Card Game Rules

Hexagram

Hexagram
Much like The Commons, this game came out of exercises in my Game Design and Play class. For a final exam, I gave my students three 4-sided dice, and one blank white 4-sided die. They were to make a game from those pieces. This is my take on the challenge. It’s still pretty rough and ...

Buried Treasure

I recently found a stack of 3 x 2.5″ cards — the prototype for a pirate-themed children’s card game I was developing several years ago, back when I was in a pirate-themed children’s band. It was a lot of fun to remember what I was going for with the game, and I think it has ...

The Commons

The Commons
During my Game Design and Play class, I’ll often set an in-class assignment to design a game. These assignments come with restrictions, which I use to try to get my students to think about rules and elements in a different way. I also take up the challenge, and sometimes I get something I really like. ...