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Voyage of the Marigold

Every choice matters as you command the Federation Starship Marigold through unexplored sectors in a desperate race against time. [more inside]
posted by AndrewStephens on Apr 1, 2024 - 0 comments

Party Business Supreme

A game where you are a cake that collects presents for the big client and tries to not get eaten by forks. Now out on Steam, itch.io and Gamejolt.
posted by RobotHero on Jan 26, 2024 - 0 comments

Various new translations of yet more old games

In the past year or so, I've added several new translations and comments on games that have mostly been left out of the history of roleplaying, story games, fantasy games, etc. Highlights include seven classical mythology games from the late Renaissance (including the mildly LARP-like "Game of Ceremonies," in which players make sacrifices to Venus and Cupid), a translation of the novel Jeux d'esprit written in 1701 by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force (who gave a complete version of the collaborative storytelling game "Le Jeu du Roman," along with other games depicted in the novel), and trying out a new format, "Kriegsspiele, Parlament, and Prince Albert: light roleplaying in German, 1796-1893" (a blog post on parlor games and live action military-themed games with roleplaying elements).
posted by Wobbuffet on Dec 27, 2023 - 4 comments

Noir solo journaling game

Labyrinth of Night is a noir solo journaling game where you play as a private detective who's stuck in purgatory, wandering the city as you try to either wake up in your hospital bed or move on to your soul’s rest. It is played with a standard 52-card deck of playing cards. [more inside]
posted by icebergs on Dec 17, 2023 - 0 comments

Kraken Whispers - an interactive text adventure

A climate-fiction text adventure with dystopian themes, set in 2051. Can you survive for one week as a regular person under the rule of the York Emergency Authority? (Maybe you can do more than survive, and blow oxygen on embers of resistance.) With beautiful art by Dibujos de Pam! Play for free in your browser, desktop or mobile. [more inside]
posted by mcbaya on Nov 15, 2023 - 4 comments

heroes wreck everything

"Monster in the Wilderness" is a solo journaling game about lying in wait for a hero who wants to come to your lair and steal your stuff. Play using random generators, or by building a house of cards.
posted by yarntheory on Nov 11, 2023 - 0 comments

Bonjour Hi - A game in the Montreal Metro

In the vein of Jet Lag the Game, Taskmaster, The Amazing Race, and more, I came up with a game for my friends and I to play in the Montreal metro (subway) system. We recorded the whole thing. The goal: "capture" the four main transfer hubs of the metro system and race back to where we began. The first team back wins. The fun bit is we need to do various tasks before we're allowed to advance in the game, which leads to much hilarity. [more inside]
posted by juliebug on Nov 5, 2023 - 2 comments

Codections

Connections for coders. Inspired by the hot new word game from the New York Times. Test your dev knowledge!
posted by thomaspark on Sep 22, 2023 - 4 comments

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser extended essay/review

I wrote 12,000 word piece on a recent trip to Disney's Galactic Starcruiser “Star Wars hotel”, looking at it from a game design/business/marketing perspective, with plenty of photos. My background is in designing ARGs and augmented reality games, so I was very curious to check it out before it closes next month. tl,dr: it’s extremely impressive and consciously uses a lot of ideas and mechanics from RPGs and MMOs! It's been very much misunderstood, and I'm convinced that soon as it closes, it'll be considered a lost classic.
posted by adrianhon on Aug 8, 2023 - 5 comments

Have You Played?

Learn about the videogames you should play and how to think about them! Have You Played is a free weekly newsletter for novices and experts alike, written by an award-winning game design and journalist. Every post starts with a simple description of exactly how the game works and what you do in it, then explores what makes it uniquely good or flawed. I've covered games including Pentiment, Season, Terra Nil, Cyberpunk 2077, Honkai: Star Rail, and many more!
posted by adrianhon on May 24, 2023 - 3 comments

Deco Deck: a new logic puzzle

My new game, Deco Deck, is now available for iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, and Mac. In Deco Deck, there's a grid of cards. Each card has one of five suits, and a number from 1-9. The goal is to link up the cards in connected groups of five, such that each group forms a valid "hand". The hands are: straight, flush, full house, five-of-a-kind, and rainbow. A rainbow is one card of each suit. Each puzzle has only one solution. There are new puzzles every day. [more inside]
posted by novalis_dt on May 16, 2023 - 1 comment

Infinite Adversaries: a fighting game generated and narrated by ChatGPT

Inspired by the "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series, Infinite Adversaries asks ChatGPT to generate perpetual, randomized encounters, pitting you against a never-ending army of imaginary enemies. You're given an option of weapons, and from there ChatGPT imagines an adversary, location, and a set of possible actions (along with their outcomes). As you decide what to do, ChatGPT narrates the results. If you survive, your prize is another adversary. [more inside]
posted by avoision on Mar 30, 2023 - 4 comments

Lirdle - Like Wordle, but with one lie per answer

Yet another Wordle clone, but this one is designed to be maddening in the way a debugging session can be. For each answer you give, it picks one square at random and assigns it the wrong answer. [more inside]
posted by morspin on Feb 22, 2023 - 8 comments

Rock Scissor Paper Machine

This is a re-creation of the rock scissor paper gambling machines that used to be all around the streets of Seoul back in the 1990s. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero on Feb 10, 2023 - 2 comments

Isle of Beasts

A narrative strategy game inspired by King of Dragon Pass and A Dark Room. Your people are exiled to an island full of strange creatures, and you must figure out how to survive, building a new society in the process.
posted by Zarkonnen on Jan 29, 2023 - 7 comments

You've Been Played: How Corporations, Governments, and Schools Use Games to Control Us All

My book about gamification is out! You've Been Played (Bookshop.org, Goodreads) examines how points, badges, and leaderboards are creeping into every aspect of modern life as tools for profit and coercion. It’s a critique of gamification, sure – but by an actual game designer, games journalist, and former neuroscientist. And it goes far beyond the usual suspects like Fitbit and Duolingo to look at the historical roots of gamification. Foucault, Lewis Mumford, Skinner, medieval indulgences, Taylorism, ARGs – this book has it all! Reviews, talks, and excerpts inside... [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Oct 9, 2022 - 2 comments

Surfwords

Surfwords is a very hard word building game. After I sold Semantle (previously), I decided to quit my job and make games. Surfwords is my first. I released it a few weeks ago, but I just decided to add a playable demo. You can try the demo on the web (works best with Chrome). The soundtrack is by Patrick Cornelius, and everything else is by me. [more inside]
posted by novalis_dt on Sep 6, 2022 - 18 comments

Early Collaborative Games of Fantasy and Imagination

A few months ago, I posted a rough translation of the rules to a collaborative fairy tale storytelling game more than 200 years old. I've now put that onto a Neocities site with many additional translations: a total of 5 variants of the same game re-published many times between 1801 and 1867, several variants of a game the same age that involves role-playing, and several variants of even older poetry and nonsense games related to the Surrealist game "Exquisite Corpse." There are also pages and translations explaining the history of the games' penalty phase, offering advice on running demos of the storytelling game especially using motifs from the earliest "secondary world" fantasy novel, and possible round-robin storytelling from the 1600s-1700s, as well as links to many additional sources for parlor games from 1551 to 1899.
posted by Wobbuffet on Aug 5, 2022 - 3 comments

A narrative game system over 200 years old: "The Impromptu Tale"

I worked up a rough translation of one of the collaborative story-telling games linked in this post: Pre-Surrealist Games. It's called "The Impromptu Tale," and there's a lot to it that modern tabletop gamers may find familiar.
posted by Wobbuffet on Mar 25, 2022 - 0 comments

Anoited

This is my fan blog about the game Noita. I'm not great at the game; I just enjoy dying in novel ways, then sharing my photos of my trips, in the manner of an immortal tourist.
posted by ignignokt on Mar 16, 2022 - 4 comments

DNDle - Wordle, but you're picking stats to guess D&D monsters

It feels like there's a Wordle clone for everybody nowadays. But I decided to go in a slightly different direction when I made DNDle, a game in which you try to guess the Dungeons & Dragons "monster of the day" by assigning values to its attributes and being told where you've got them right. [more inside]
posted by avapoet on Feb 16, 2022 - 2 comments

Mystic Paths - A new word board game!

A deduction through word association party board game my friend and I co-designed has made it to stores! [more inside]
posted by meinvt on Oct 19, 2021 - 0 comments

Hannah's Game

I made this game a couple years ago with my oldest daughter. Well, she drew the pictures and somehow she requested a Kaboom! clone, which, wow, brought me back to my own childhood and reminded me of the way I envied my friend's dad. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero on Dec 22, 2020 - 0 comments

Mixolumia

Mixolumia is an entrancing, musical block-clearing puzzler released on itch just the other day. I wound up documenting the 18-month development process in a big twitter thread (also in twitter moment format) that folks have found interesting. Besides bringing a fresh twist to the puzzler genre, Mixolumia also has a dynamic soundtrack (by Josie Brechner and myself) that responds and evolves as you play. The cool thing is that the music system is open to players to create and share their own songs/sound packs. There's documentation on how to do that if you're interested in reading how it works. The game comes with a wide range of color palettes and players can customize and create their own as well. [more inside]
posted by davejh on Aug 10, 2020 - 2 comments

What ARGs can teach us about QAnon

QAnon isn't an alternate reality game (ARG), but ARGs can teach us why QAnon is so popular – and how to restore the lack of trust that led to QAnon's rise. This 5700 word post draws on my 19 years of playing, documenting, designing, and running ARGs.
posted by adrianhon on Aug 2, 2020 - 0 comments

ReLarn: A classic Roguelike, updated

ReLarn is a fork ("variant") of the classic 80s Roguelike game Larn (by way of Ularn, another fork) that aims to preserve the spirit of the original game while being much better suited to modern computers. It also has a more maintainable code base. As such, most of the noticeable changes are bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements, albeit with a few extra touches here and there. This project has been out for a couple of years now but this is the first release that provides pre-built binaries, supports Microsoft Windows out of the box and will (optionally) run in its own window instead of a text console. The project website has a selection of screenshots, a list of notable changes from the original game and a full list of changes from Ularn 1.5-ish.
posted by suetanvil on Jul 19, 2020 - 0 comments

Tennis for when there's no tennis.

I've spent 30+ years fiddling with sports simulation games and using them to learn how to code. I think the only thing that made me finally finish this app was the fact that professional tennis has not been played in four months, but maybe also because I wanted to hone my Flutter skills. So here's my lifetime side-project -- a tennis simulation app that's neither a pong derivative nor a sports management game. It's not even really a game at all. But you can add yourself to the player list, and tap away to see how you do. Available for testing on Android, coming later for iOS.
posted by thorny on Jul 7, 2020 - 0 comments

Break Into Us

I made a web-based puzzle game. Players must solve clues to reduce the possible permutations for a series of combination locks and get them open. There are a couple of deliberately-easy tutorial levels at the start, but once you've solved the first one you can jump to any lock you please. [more inside]
posted by avapoet on Jun 27, 2020 - 14 comments

Motto

a playful ghost story brought to life by the one-of-a-kind way you see the world. Working with friends and Canada's National Film Board, we spent the past three years trying to develop a new vocabulary for a kind of interactive novella and portable treasure hunt. It's a curious adventure about a ghost named September and you can explore all six chapters free on your phone.
posted by Marquis on May 28, 2020 - 1 comment

Boast & Drive: A Squash Card Game

If you're bouncing off the walls, we have your antidote. Boast & Drive is a strategic card game for 2 to 6 players bringing to your living room the suspense and excitement of a squash match. Designed in Cleveland; made in the USA! Be the first to own the world’s best (and only) squash card game. Every purchase includes a donation to a member program of Squash & Education Alliance.
posted by MarkAnd on May 1, 2020 - 0 comments

Big Deal or No Big Deal

Guess which Wikipedia articles are most popular and win big! I made a game that mashes up Wikipedia data with Deal or No Deal's mystery briefcase gameplay. [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Mar 9, 2020 - 27 comments

Turtle Town

Your people live in a city on the animal, a gigantic turtle. It is time for her to go to the ocean and lay her eggs. Can you survive the trip? A strategy game about ever-changing environments. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Feb 20, 2020 - 1 comment

??, an emoji adventure

🐉 is a tiny emoji-based adventure game I made for the latest Ludum Dare game jam, built out of Javascript, HTML, CSS, and the game's internal emoji-based scripting language. [more inside]
posted by NMcCoy on Oct 7, 2019 - 6 comments

Cheating Hangman

I made a game of Hangman that "cheats" by changing the word it's thinking of in order to make it as hard as possible to guess. But while it cheats, it never lies: it remains consistent with what it's told you so far about the word length, matching letters, non-matching letters etc. [more inside]
posted by avapoet on Sep 26, 2019 - 7 comments

I built a text-based trivia game.

Having taken an 18-month diploma in web programming and not wanting to lose the skills I learned, I decided to create a text-based trivia game on the web. It also somewhat harkens back to the text-based BBS games of yore, which I grew up on. This week, I launched River of Kurn in an alpha state. It's totally playable, though winning conditions haven't yet been implemented. I'd love it if you'd take a look. (Note: not particularly mobile friendly at the moment, but that's coming soon(tm).) [more inside]
posted by juliebug on Sep 6, 2019 - 13 comments

Numble Jumber - Simple Browser Puzzle Game

The title basically says it all. I made a simple browser puzzle game. You try to move the five blocks from one side of the screen to the other and place them in order. DIFFICULTY: You can't move the blocks individually. It works best on a computer using the arrow keys, but can also use swipe on mobile. If you are looking to kill a few minutes at work, give it a try.
posted by Literaryhero on Aug 1, 2019 - 10 comments

The Long Talk (Round 3)

Here's how it works: each day you get an email, and you write one back. Everyone who writes back gets to keep playing, and the game gets more and more interesting as people drop off. We play until there's one person remaining and they're crowned the winner. Now gathering folks for round 3.
posted by jragon on May 21, 2019 - 4 comments

Starcom: Nexus

Ten years ago I made a Flash game called Starcom (previously). For the past few years I've been working on an ambitious follow-up. Today I launched it into Early Access. [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Dec 12, 2018 - 3 comments

A game that teaches kids 20 years of investing in 20 minutes

High school kids are still learning investing the way I did in the '90s: get a large sum of imaginary money and buy individual stocks for 8-10 weeks. Basically the exact wrong way to learn a lifelong investment strategy. (Not to mention these programs are often sponsored by groups representing the interests of investment brokerages.) We created Stax to take down "the stock market game." [more inside]
posted by missjenny on Nov 16, 2018 - 10 comments

The Long Talk, round 2

A few years ago I did an email game with these rules: everyone gets an email once a day. If you respond to it within 24 hours, you get to play the next day. We keep going until there's just one person remaining. It was a lot of fun. Now I'm kicking it off again and I'm looking for people who want to play. I set up a little google form here for anyone who wants to play.
posted by jragon on Oct 3, 2018 - 1 comment

Roguelike Celebration, October 6-7 2018 in San Francisco (third annual!)

A bunch of my friends and I like roguelike computer games, and we keep organizing an annual community conference for players and developers of games in this beloved genre (such as Nethack) and games they've influenced (such as Dwarf Fortress). If you're into this kind of thing (or curious about it) and nearby, please join us for some neat and thoughtful talks about roguelikes, retrocomputing, procedural generation, and game design!
posted by dreamyshade on Sep 4, 2018 - 1 comment

Airships: Conquer the Skies

Over the last five years, I've been working on a steampunk strategy game about building airships and fighting with them. Two days ago, I released it!
posted by Zarkonnen on Aug 18, 2018 - 2 comments

Mission Me is a smartphone game that promotes creativity in your real life

Inspired by a popular art installation I made for Burning Man, I've now crafted the app version! Mission Me encourages you towards creative experiments and real-life adventures for self-growth and hilarity!
posted by dustbo on Aug 17, 2018 - 3 comments

We Sacrificed Imaginary Kitties to Help People Avoid Real-Life Financial Disaster

Cat Insanity is a responsive browser game that slowly, inevitably forces you into the brutal massacre of imaginary cats*, all to capture the emotional experience of drowning in high-interest debt. [more inside]
posted by missjenny on May 22, 2018 - 7 comments

Android Game - Clear Synthesis: Bumbaroo and the Yellow Ghost

I made a phone game for Android! It is a casual/puzzle type game where the objective is to match blocks and empty the board. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero on Mar 10, 2018 - 6 comments

Shift Change

A few weeks ago I made a text based game with Twine with one of my brothers that puts you in the shoes of a missile alert system tester in Hawaii on a recent January morning. [more inside]
posted by samuelfullerth on Feb 6, 2018 - 0 comments

Pocket Conspiracies, a group role-playing app

I wrote and programmed a group role-playing app! The gist is everyone playing needs to be in the same room and have the app on their smartphone, and then they perform together a series of challenges. It's for 3-10 players, takes 20-45 min, ages 10+. The app is free, doesn't have ads, and doesn't track your info beyond what is strictly needed to run the game. [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Dec 15, 2017 - 3 comments

VirtuaVerse - A Cyberpunk Point & Click Adventure by Theta Division Games

Hello, I'd like to present to you the game I'm working together with my game dev team at Theta Division Games.

It's a cyberpunk point and click adventure called VirtuaVerse. I'm doing the story and soundtrack, Valenberg does the pixel art and elder0010 is our coder.

You can see some videos with gameplay and other stuff on our pages on Facebook and Twitter

MASTER BOOT RECORD
posted by MASTERBOOTRECORD on Nov 10, 2017 - 4 comments

Play Payba¢k

Payba¢k is a game designed to help teens understand the costs of college BEFORE they begin applying. We made it to address an issue many families face: Kids have no idea how much college actually costs. Parents are super uncomfortable discussing finances with their kids. So too often, nobody talks, kids apply to schools they can't afford, parents stretch themselves too thin and everyone ends up disappointed. [more inside]
posted by missjenny on Oct 25, 2017 - 5 comments

Space Exploration: Serpens Sectory (Prototype 1)

An old prototype SF game about mysteries, weird aliens, and managing your crew. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Sep 12, 2017 - 3 comments

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