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Naming and NPCsity

Last post discussed player-directed – or, at least, not directly author-mandated – naming for individual player characters. But there’s another important use-case: naming lots of characters, using generated names. 2,219 more words

Interactive Fiction

Gamescroller News Debrief: 30/04/2015

it’s the final day of April fellow gamers! May is nearly upon us and E3 is looming…LOOOOMING!


Anyway, NEWS TIME! Let’s see what the internet has for your eyes today shall we? 67 more words


Dwarf Fortress Fort

This is a quick isometric view of the fortifications in my current dwarf fortress game, from outside of the courtyard. Not shown are two drawbridges in the wall that open to the outer world, and the internal stairs in the towers that go down to the barracks. 10 more words

Quick Sketches

Palming off the tutorial

Increasingly gaming companies are failing to pay for professional learning experiences, instead asking gamers themselves to the shoulder the task. It’s not on.

In modern-day gaming designers are, generally, extremely good teachers of new mechanics. 806 more words


Establishing Memories of Game Events

I spent several years thinking about memory semi-professionally. I say semi-professionally because while I was paid to do this thinking, I was paid very poorly. During that period my chief concern was the study of a small corner of a corner of a foundation of the concept of memory: how do we judge whether or not any given item presented to us is something we should be able to recall? 1,558 more words

Longer Writing

Poetry of Paddlepoet

Gear: Whatever armor he could find
All of the waterskins he stole
Silver Battle Axe
Masterwork Iron Buckler

Ramul Thran, The Planes of Dawn; Year 43, Month 3, Day 8… 1,053 more words

Adventure Mode

Darkest Dungeon (Early Access)

So I recently purchased early access on Darkest Dungeon, a Kickstarter project that impressed me with its superb art direction, tone and supposed ridiculous difficulty. Here’s my review of the early version as stands. 992 more words