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Game Chef Hangover

Man I’m tired.

Of course, work would ramp on up the stress the week of Game Chef. I feel like I’ve been staring at a computer screen for six days solid (oh wait, between work and designing I have). So the game is called Crime & Punishment and it actually got done and sent in on time. Considering that I didn’t even really intend to do Game Chef, I think that’s pretty good all on it’s own.

It’s a game built to create procedural dramas in the tradition of Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order CI and Without A Trace. It can also be, I think, pretty competently used for CSI shows, but I don’t watch them so I am less sure. We had a playtest last Wednesday, and it was a pretty high-engagement very thinky kinda game, which is to say I had fun, but it felt like an RPG boardgame. I suspect, considering the main theme was time, and the kinds of intervals allowed, that this was one of the intents of the competition.

The thing I find funniest about game design, is that I never try and design the kinds of RPG’s that I really enjoy the best. I don’t think that’s very unusual from what I’ve been hearing from some other folks. Despite that, I find it pretty strange. I guess I build “T” games cause I’m a “T” person and when performing a design activity, I draw on all my “T” strengths. When I game, I become an “F” person. I’m not sure I know how to “T” my way into designing for and “F”.

I’ll have to muse on this one.