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!