I lost my mom on April 2, 2021. Below are remarks I gave during her graveside service on the 5th. My mother taught me all I know about living in this world. She taught me how to live into myRead more → Eulogy for my Mom
Seems like I accidentally took a little hiatus from board game design, and sort of from board gaming more generally, even my podcast queue is pretty deep with episodes of board game shows I’ve skipped past recently. Though I wentRead more → Took/taking a little break?
Holy shit y’all there was so much exciting news in the last few months I totally forgot to even post about it here! Here’s the update: Last summer, I got two games under contract — I wasn’t totally clear onRead more → Big News 2019!
Something I’ve been toying with lately, is the idea of game design I’ve been calling “particles”; different than when Gil Hova describes gameplay in terms of “atoms”, where a discrete unit of play can’t be split; but a game designRead more → Game Design by “Particles”
I’m spending 2019 traveling, but committed to continue to design tabletop games while doing so, with the thought that constraints might lead to some good systematization and process habits. The first thing I felt I needed in order to keepRead more → Designing from the Road: The Box of Bits
I have many weaknesses when it comes to game design, but perhaps most severe among them is an allergy to making cards. They’re such an incredibly powerful component… an arbitrary-odds randomizer, plus hidden information, plus ‘multiple use’ item, plus… plus… plus…Read more → Component Studio is Dope
I think often about an older post I wrote called ‘getting out of the game room‘, and the value that comes along with doing so for a tabletop game, in order to gather experiences from the real world to drawRead more → Harris Hawk Designer Diary
I recently heard an episode of Radiolab where one of their producers interviewed their top reporter on how he finds some of the more ‘out there’ stories they broadcast, and, of course, (everything seems to…) got me thinking about boardRead more → Radiolab episode about finding inspiration
On the first of the year, Andrea and I are packing up for a year abroad — we’re going to check out a few places we’ve enjoyed visiting and see what it’s like to ‘live there’ for a bit (6Read more → The Big Move
I’m working on a game I came up with on a trip to Iceland (it’s getting to the point that I can’t even leave Boulder without coming up with some kind of game concept. If you need some ideas, hmu),Read more → Thingvalley Designer Diary #1