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Fabian Fischer's Blog


Game (Systems) Designer

make games and write about games.

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Tangible and expected rewards loosely linked to performance were, among other kinds of extrinsic gratifications, found to decrease intrinsic motivation. Interestingly, these are exactly the types of rewards that games like to be especially generous with.

Posted by Fabian Fischer on Thu, 09 May 2019 10:07:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie
Having a limited amount of real-life seconds to make a move can feel strangely disconnected from the rest of the gameplay experience. However, there's a different kind of timer out there. One that's intrinsic to the game world, or in short: diegetic.

Posted by Fabian Fischer on Mon, 07 Jan 2019 11:13:00 EST in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
A strong focus on spatiality can lead to a large variety of interesting situations, incentivize intuitive decision-making and foster depth and emergence. This article describes a few outstanding examples of spatial gameplay design.

Posted by Fabian Fischer on Tue, 30 Oct 2018 11:12:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
Match-based single-player games have an inherent efficiency advantage over more linear formats. However, this advantage is threatened by a specific design problem that frequently occurs in those kinds of games and yet is rarely talked about explicitly.

Posted by Fabian Fischer on Thu, 04 Oct 2018 10:26:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Production, Indie
Crimson Company is a competitive card game without decks, hands and private collections. Through the introduction of "board drafting", it aims to combine the strengths of the best card battlers, while also tackling some of their central design problems.

There are games that seem deep and full of meaningful interactivity when they actually offer neither, or at least not to the level they are suggesting. Let's take a closer look at some of the tricks games use to create this "phantom depth".

Fabian Fischer's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 05/09/2019 - 10:07]

Hey Geese, thank you for ...

Hey Geese, thank you for reading and commenting It 's true that I focused on single-player solutions in my text, because to me they seem to be much more contentious when it comes to timers, whereas multiplayer games get away with having them for practical reasons. r n r nHowever, ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/16/2018 - 12:56]

While I agree with your ...

While I agree with your premise of making a clear distinction between games driven by gameplay and narrative, I differ slightly in my conclusion. I don 't think the tension between the two is resolvable. To create an unconflicted piece of art, you have to clearly focus on one of ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/14/2018 - 10:19]

I feel you man With ...

I feel you man With my articles I 'm trying to provide a point of view that 's, I hope, more akin to talking about e.g. the craft and elegance of bridge-building , rather than personal experience or nostalgia. It 's just that finding a significant audience for these things ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/10/2017 - 10:02]

Thanks for the kind words, ...

Thanks for the kind words, Adam r n r nAbsolutely, if you know all the possible outcomes and odds, randomness, as part of the ruleset, can be completely transparent. r n r nI know what you mean about soccer management sims. I 've played them for hundreds of hours in ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/11/2017 - 10:51]

For the record, I answered ...

For the record, I answered this exact comment on r/gamedesign: r n gameplay how games should not tell/dhfgkct/ context 3

Comment In: [Blog - 04/12/2017 - 10:00]

Thanks a lot for your ...

Thanks a lot for your thoughtful comment r n r nI think you 're making some very valid points there, but I 'm not sure they really apply to the article. The article is actually not about exclusive authority or universal prescriptions at all. It 's also not concened with ...