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Game designer of digital and physical games. blogger of gamemakeworld.wordpress.com

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Posted by Zack Wood on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:24:00 EST in Design, Production, Art, Console/PC, Serious, Indie
Any RPG fan knows the feeling when battle stops being fun and starts being work, when you're just grinding because you feel you have to. But it isn't necessary- just look at what some of the classic RPGs have done to keep "leveling up" fun!


Posted by Zack Wood on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:56:00 EDT in Design, Indie
Recap of Playpublik 2014 in Krakow, Poland- a new kind of games festival.


Posted by Zack Wood on Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:48:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Art, Console/PC, Serious
A game's magic system is an opportunity to set it apart with unique vision, style and mechanics, yet we often just see the same "fire and ice" spells in many RPGs. Let's see how some classic games have implemented alternative systems of magic.


Posted by Zack Wood on Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:40:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie
Tired of having 0MP and no Ethers? Let's take a look at alternatives to the stereotypical "MP System" from some older RPGs. Part of a new series of posts called "Lessons from the Classics."


Posted by Zack Wood on Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:06:00 EDT in Design, Art, Console/PC, Serious
A look back at the "Ogre Battle Saga" games (1994-2002) and the worlds they created.


Posted by Zack Wood on Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:03:00 EDT in Design, Art, Console/PC, Serious
With 10+ entries, the "Saga" Series has been Square Enix's special side project since 1989. Here are some of the characteristic features that have earned it a passionate fan-base and kept the series going.



Zack Wood's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 11/21/2014 - 02:24]

Yea, maybe insta-kill is more ...

Yea, maybe insta-kill is more handy than run away. Unless they run away so slowly that you can easily catch them if you want to. I like the cuteness of running away at least.

Comment In: [Blog - 10/09/2014 - 04:48]

Cool thoughts... I like the ...

Cool thoughts... I like the idea of summoning a neutral beast that could hurt you or the enemy- but to be safer you could summon one that the enemy is weak against and that you are strong against, or cast spells to direct the beasts attacks towards the enemy... r ...

Comment In: [News - 10/13/2014 - 11:43]

Wish I could 've been ...

Wish I could 've been at Indiecade to be there in person Thanks for the recap though.

Comment In: [Blog - 10/07/2014 - 06:45]

I 'm still a big ...

I 'm still a big Kickstarter fan and I don 't think it will collapse any time soon. People will just figure out how to use it best.

Comment In: [News - 09/12/2014 - 05:33]

I played it on Mac ...

I played it on Mac and loved it. Monk snares What a classic.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/10/2014 - 09:40]

Cool, I 'd like to ...

Cool, I 'd like to see how it turns out What 's it called