On Game Design & Machinations

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10/08/2021 Mihai

9 game design tools

I've always been a fan of finding the latest and best tools for supporting my game design workflow. While these tools only help me execute my designs, the right tech can support creativity and speed...

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04/08/2021 Mihai

Game balancing with Quick Plays just got 80x faster

Update 8.7.0 represents a huge milestone in our mission to deliver a platform that truly improves your game design process. This update was designed to improve and facilitate game balancing. For...

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15/07/2021 Machinations

Modelling Player Behaviour with Machinations

We’re looking at how Machinations can be used to test progression systems for different player profiles and play styles, ranging from casual players to your biggest whales. As well as how different...

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29/06/2021 Cezar

Game systems: Battle passes and how to balance them

Battle Passes are looking like an established trend in free-to-play games, especially PVP, slowly substituting the older aspirations of subscription models that have only been successful for a...

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29/06/2021 Machinations

What is game economy inflation? How to foresee & overcome it in your game design

Virtual economies have become a feature of an increasingly large number of modern games and, like any other economy, the in-game ones need to deal with economic factors like inflation. Handled...

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25/05/2021 Izel Levi

Creating an interactive endless runner

As part of the Academia Panel, I was kindly invited by the Machinations crew and got the chance to demonstrate our final project for our Innovative Game Mechanics course. As I was entering my 3rd...

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24/05/2021 Machinations

Game systems: An in-depth look at gacha boxes

As more and more games transition to, or are created in, the free-to-play model, certain free-to-play mechanics have come under greater scrutiny. One of the more contentious forms of free-to-play...

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12/05/2021 Cezar

What deconstructing Supergiant’s Hades taught me

During one of the most popular webinars we ran, I presented a deconstruction of Supergiant Games’ Hades. It’s one of my favorite games, I spent a total of 55 hours playing it, did 92 runs, of...

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05/05/2021 Machinations

Game economy design in Free-to-Play games

Despite the name, free-to-play (F2P) games are big business. According to a year-end report by SuperData Research, the F2P games market is worth a staggering $98 billion and has seen a 10% increase...

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