Category Archives: narratives

Drei Elemente des Spieldesigns

(Regel)Spiele setzen sich zusammen aus narrativen, regulativen und ästhetischen Elementen, wobei sich die drei Bereich gegenseitig durchdringen: In einem idealen, designtechnisch integriertem Spiel ergänzen und verstärken sich Rahmenerzählung, Regeln und ästhetische Gestaltung. Gegenläufige Verwendungen, z.B. die hohe Rolle des Geldes … Continue reading

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Some Game Design Approaches

As impressive as most commercial games look like, ‘new’ games rely mostly on skinning (signs and stories), slight modding (rule systems), recombination and maybe some additional extras – to already known and successful games and game mechanics.

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The absence of a sign is the sign of an absence

It may seem counter intuitive, but an empty space may be as expressive in specific circumstances as would be a present object. Of course there are obvious taboos in a society that deliberately lead to an absence of a sign, … Continue reading

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Spieldesignbeispiel: Ärgere-Das-Simulacrum

Jede Spielentwicklung verläuft anders, aber ich versuche hier mal ein Beispiel zu geben, wie sich meine Spielidee um eine weitere Mensch-Ärgere-Dich-Nicht-Variante allmählich entwickelt. Dabei decken unterschiedliche Spieldesignmethoden unterschiedliche Zielvorgaben ab: Das Spiel soll eine andere bzw. erweiterte Narrationsform bekommen (Skinning) … Continue reading

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Due to recent events – the public interest in Guttenberg-practice-of-quoting – I’d like to post an article on the topic which originally was published in “La réalité dépasse la fiction.” Zitat Zi•tat, das; von lat. citare (=herbeirufen). Ein einzelnes mediales … Continue reading

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Causality in history: Chrononauts

“Chrononauts is a fascinating, whimsical exploration of time travel, causality, and possibility covering many fascinating and significant events of the last century or so.” – Andrew Looney “Chrononauts” by Anrew Looney (2000) is a card-based game where the players play … Continue reading

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Visual analysis of gamebooks

Gamebooks were, during the 80ies and before the rise of PCs and the internet, a staple of interactive fiction. Back then, the next best thing to sitting together with some friends and playing a face-to-face roleplaying game was reading these … Continue reading

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A cabbalistic riddle

Radical constructivism may find an aesthetic counterpart in beautiful crafted educational narratives used in cabbalistic teaching and Zen-buddhism. These are often recursive, or self-denying for easy understanding, but nonetheless beautiful to behold. One fine example, though quite concrete, is this … Continue reading

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Games and the “best way” to tell stories

Torsten Meyer (thanks!) just sent me a link to a recent interview with game designer Peter Molyneux, published in the “Tageszeitung”, the title translates as “Fable-Gamedesigner Peter Molyneux: A visionary and charlatan” Molyneux is quite enthusiastic about interactive-adaptive stories as … Continue reading

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The teacher as hero

A hero (…) is a (mostly male) person with exceptional abilities or traits, driving him to exceptional feats, so called heroic deeds. Wikipedia “Held” (Dec 6th 2008), translated from german Don’t we all wish for us to make a difference … Continue reading

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