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Adriaan Jansen's Blog


Hello dear visitor!


My name is Adriaan Jansen, one of the founders and designer at the Utrecht-based Abbey Games in the Netherlands. I like to play games, make games, think about games, discussing games and occasionally, being left the heck alone.


Member Blogs

Posted by Adriaan Jansen on Sat, 01 Sep 2012 05:09:00 EDT in Design
How does the theme play a roll in the creation of a game?

Posted by Adriaan Jansen on Wed, 04 Jul 2012 05:05:00 EDT in Design
How do you make someone feel like a god in god games, without hurting the challenge?

Posted by Adriaan Jansen on Sun, 01 Apr 2012 03:18:00 EDT in Design
So you've got everything it needs to be a game designer? Congratulations! Be sure not to step in one of these pitfalls though...

Posted by Adriaan Jansen on Sun, 11 Mar 2012 03:02:00 EDT in Design
We know what a game designer does, and what are good talents to have. But what can you learn to become a better game designer?

Posted by Adriaan Jansen on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:53:00 EST in Design
We can all learn new skills, but what are favorable character traits for a game designer?

Posted by Adriaan Jansen on Sun, 19 Feb 2012 11:09:00 EST in Design
So you're browsin' around on Gamasutra, curious to learn more about being a game designer. However, game designer sounds a big vague...Do you know what the game designer does on a daily basis?

Adriaan Jansen's Comments

Comment In: [News - 08/28/2014 - 01:00]

Hey R G, r nThe ...

Hey R G, r nThe number of likes you get suggests you 're one of the few daring to speak up for this, so I applaud you for doing so. I don 't really agree with you though. I know close to 0 about Quinn, and am 50/50 on Sarkeesian ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/22/2014 - 10:24]

Don 't get me wrong, ...

Don 't get me wrong, I think these feelings are very irrational and I personally try to get over them. But they 're very real human feelings. Also, there is a very real difference between mentor-student relationships where the mentor is clearly the higher authority and a leader-mentor relationship where ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/10/2014 - 01:07]

For better or worse, I ...

For better or worse, I think it 's just a matter of time before some smart shop owner bundles some of the best stalls together to create a store. r nAlso, consumers are mostly interested in the extremes: The best, the cheapest, the highest value, the trendiest etc. There can ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/25/2014 - 08:20]

Awesome post, thanks for sharing ...

Awesome post, thanks for sharing My coming comments represent my view only btw r n r nWe have a very similar approach on how we do things even the exact same way revenue was shared of our first product but I 'm still not entirely convinced. I think our monks ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/20/2014 - 03:16]

Nice breakdown. I feel like ...

Nice breakdown. I feel like design is missing some vocabulary, and this certainly helps :

Comment In: [News - 06/19/2014 - 06:19]

Tax breaks are stupid. A ...

Tax breaks are stupid. A company comes in, gets an advantage at the cost of the citizen, and once that advantage stops, the companies move to another tax breaking country.