A Case for Board Games – Why Board Games Help You Make Better Video Games – Extra Credits

A few weeks back James was at a convention, and an aspiring game designer asked him for some advice as to where to start. When James began talking to him about board games, the young man replied: “I don’t play those, I’m gonna be a video game designer.” This isn’t the first time James has […]

Snakes and Ladders – How the Meaning of an Ancient Children’s Game Adapted Over Time – Extra Credits

So, this may blow your mind – it certainly did mine – but Snakes and Ladders may be one of the oldest, and one of the best mechanics-as-metaphor games out there. It is surprisingly filled with meaning, through and through and that meaning actually morphed and warped to match the needs of every culture that […]