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Revolutionising the RPG

A blog on game design. Home of The Chimborazo Endeavour, Balance RPG, the science of Applied Game Dynamics, and much more.

Designer’s glossary: non-choice

non-choice [nɒn-tʃɔɪs],[non-; nan-chois] One-time disclaimer on this first post – scroll down to the About section to learn more about the project and how You can contribute! noun The act of presenting your players with multiple options, one of which one is strictly better than the rest. This can either be done intentionally, in order…
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On the topic of purple eyes and roleplaying experiences

In the world of Chimborazo, sometimes people have purple eyes. After all, it’s fantasy, so I’ve introduced a few extra colours into the gene pool. In a world with many many races, I think it reinforces the sense of wonder within the reader, and it helps that these untypical colours very rarely make an appearance.…
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Carmen says – Knights of the Frozen Throne

It’s Christmas again! For card game players, this holiday comes around multiple times per year. I’m talking, of course, about everybody’s favourite time – SPOILER SEASON! Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s next expansion was recently announced and it came with five new cards to boot! In the post below I will be reviewing and…
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Hearthstone metagame clock progress update

In the previous article I demonstrated how a TCG’s metagame can be tracked with an actual physical clock rather than using the already established tier lists. There has recently been an oversaturation of meta reports which make keeping up with the game and tracking the meta accurately a daunting task – not only do all…
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Introducing the Hearthstone Metagame Clock

In 1999 Mike Flores asked Who’s the beatdown? This historical piece has echoed through the TCG genre and is regarded as one of, if not the most quintessential article ever written about Magic. Everybody who has played a trading card game is familiar with the two archetypes, aggro and control, and here Mr. Flores teaches us how even…
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Introduction Welcome to Chimborazo RPG blog. This is an open-sourced project where I create a role-playing game from the ground up. The primary purpose of this blog is to show readers what the design and development processes behind the creation of a game look like and to introduce them to an epic fantasy world. If…
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