Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Blog: Welcome!

Welcome to Catalyst Games, my new blog about designing and discussing board games, card games, and roleplaying games. If you’re here, you probably know me, and you probably know that I love playing all kinds of analog games. I also like to tinker around with designing games of my own. I hope to someday publish some of my own creations, but we’ll have to wait to see how that turns out.

The purpose of this blog is to give me a forum for sharing my thoughts on games and game design. In the coming weeks I’m going to publish a number of posts wherein I talk about my approach to gaming, my thoughts on randomness in games, and why I enjoy roleplaying games so much. I will also publish reviews of games that I’ve played, giving special attention to any observations I may have on how these games give insight into the art of game design. From time to time I’ll publish a fully developed character for an RPG I own - as a creative exercise, to explore the game’s system and setting a little, and to offer inspiration to others. I’ll also be posting occasional updates on my own game design projects.

In all of this, I’m hoping to get as much participation from you as possible. An important part of game design is getting feedback and implementing new ideas based on the experiences of your audience. I’ll be paying close attention to any remarks you might post in the comments on this blog.

Thank you for joining the discussion here on Catalyst Games, and happy gaming!



  1. I'm excited to see what you'll be posting and I love what I assume is a sort of rating system for posts at the bottom there. lol ^_^

  2. This is going to be really cool. Will you also post advice on what to do if the players in the RPG you're GM'ing go compleatly off from what you planned for them to do? :-)

    1. That's easy. Just go with it! The combined ideas of 5 other people are almost always going to be better than one person's ideas (unless your original idea involved flying ninja). But more seriously, I might have to write an article about that sometime.

  3. I have now linked this to my favorites and shall move it up to the top right under Catalystcastle (yes your blog is the first one on my list and has always been the one I check first). Love the rating system - I'm going to enjoy following this.