Mechanic to Thematic and Back Again

If you’re a creative person you probably know what it’s like to work on something for hours or days, struggling and obsessing over it, feeling stuck. Then, after psyching your self up, reaching out to a trusted friend for feedback only to have them, in a single sentence, drop the most profound, game-changing wisdom that…

Mechanics and Thematics

I started writing a game about magicians as part of a wizard-themed game jam on Itch but never got around to finishing it. After the jam ended, the design sat in my Google Docs folder, floating further and further away from my focus. It was only when I was searching my folders for a different…