Epiphany #01

Good morning all. I was sitting here browsing BGG for a few minutes and all of a sudden I had an idea. This is how game design starts, and I thought I would record the moment in blog-form. I don’t know what triggered the memory, but we watched Die Hard on Sunday night (it isn’t the Christmas season without a viewing of Die Hard!). Anyway, a word popped into my head this morning from a scene in the movie. The cops are finally on-scene and decided to go into the building. McClain tries to get them to turn back, but the captain or squad lead says “Begin your reconnoiter.” At that point they begin their advance on the building. And that’s the word that sparked in my mind just a few minutes ago.

Reconnoiter. An odd word to be sure. It means “to inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy’s strength or position, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for military purposes” or “to examine or survey (a region, area, etc.) for engineering, geological, or other purposes” (according to Dictionary.com).

I wonder what game I’ll make around this word? Have you ever started a game design based on a single word? What is the least amount of input you’ve attained inspiration from?

Game Creation Series 02: The Epiphany


It may hit you in the shower. It may hit you in the middle of a meeting at work. It may hit you in the middle of the night. Epiphany can strike at any time and you have to be ready for it.

I realize that I have another epiphany series that I have started on this blog, but honestly, I felt that this particular epiphany warranted a Game Creation Series post instead.


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Game Design Blitz #1

Last year at some point I received a Kickstarter project that I had backed in 2016. It is called Gamer Deck 1: Mechanics. A standard deck of playing cards containing a suit, a die, a number and a mechanic on each card. The idea is to use the deck to generate game ideas, and to have the deck to use when others develop games using that deck.

Sadly my game design took a back seat and I really didn’t ever try to utilize Gamer Deck. Now that I am working more on my designs I want to keep the creative juices flowing, so I decided to use Gamer Deck each week for a blog series in which one day a week, I spend my train ride to work by developing a game concept using a card randomly pulled from the Gamer Deck.

And here is this week’s card:

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