The game design event was a success and I received some great insight and ideas from it. My first lesson – or reminder actually – is that if you want to improve your video game design skills don’t just check out different video games. I want to say that if you want to be a good game designer, you should check out how game design is done in different type of games: board games, card games, role playing games, video games and so on. Designing a card game might be different from designing a role playing game or a video game but it will give you lots of fresh ideas on how to design your own game type.
For those of you who haven’t checked what is it like to design (pen & paper) role playing games, go and check out The Forge. That’s very active role playing community, and definitely worth a trip. Finnish people should visit Majatalo.org, it’s bit similar forum as The Forge – but for Finnish. If you haven’t ever designed board games, you definitely need to visit The Board Game Designers Forum – it’s filled with information about board game design. If you haven’t ever designed a video game, you might be interested in checking out Indiegamer.com which is (very roughly speaking) “The Forge of Indie Video Games”.
You’ll find plenty of information from those sources. Tomorrow I’ll tell more insight I got from the designer event.