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Eric Mickols is an independent game developer who specializes in Actionscript 3 and C# development.  He works as a programmer for the Energy industry, causing blackouts all around the world!

 

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Posted by Eric Mickols on Thu, 09 Jan 2014 03:19:00 EST in Design, Indie
Modeling an economy for an MMO should be a game itself! Use this to test your economic variables, and whether it is "fair" for new players.


Posted by Eric Mickols on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 08:00:00 EDT in Design
We all pirate. You do. I do. This will not change, so dont even try. It is a game design constraint like anything else.


Posted by Eric Mickols on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 07:40:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
In this blog post, we take a closer look at the history of controllers, the very thing we use to play our games. Why did they come about? Where will they go? How will they augment our games?



Eric Mickols's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 01/11/2014 - 07:14]

Oh, and one thing about ...

Oh, and one thing about the cover art in particular: I rather like the cartoony art style r nThe game is called Combat Monsters, but the headliner image isnt a monster. This made me immediately question the thematic unity of the game, before I had any further information. r n ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/02/2013 - 07:26]

Community Monetization is a wonderful ...

Community Monetization is a wonderful thing. When people can help not just themselves, their wallets become much more open. Its the entire basis that many community, nonprofit, and charity organizations are based around.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/17/2013 - 12:35]

There are an important few ...

There are an important few things to note about the rune and champion system, that are not really covered here. r n r n1. If a player does not purchase any champions, there are a rotating batch of champions which are free to play each week. This gives a player ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/06/2013 - 12:39]

I would agree on the ...

I would agree on the wishlists wholeheartedly. They recently introduced champion/skin gifting, so i would not be surprised if this was not far behind. r n r nOn the topic of Build your own Bundle I would like to relate it to their champion rotation. Riot has previously stated that ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/24/2012 - 07:48]

I totally understand what you ...

I totally understand what you are talking about, and I feel the same thing in games. However, it has the exact opposite effect for me. I see undefined options in games, and that spells opportunity for experimentation I know that I can make decisions which would otherwise be drastic in ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/22/2012 - 12:18]

It would take a ballsy ...

It would take a ballsy developer to publish their paypal info like that. Especially because any competing torrent sites may just add a text file in the same format, with a paypal donate link to their own account. r n r nDoable, but I see the sketchiest torrent sites benefitting ...