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Caleb Compton's Blog


I am a Senior Computer Science student and tutor by day, tabletop and video game designer by night. I write a weekly blog on all sorts of different gaming topics, including design, history, strategy and theories.


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Posted by Caleb Compton on Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:56:00 EDT in Design, Programming, Production, Art
Why is it so hard to have a game with both amazing gameplay and a rich story? Is there a reason why these two aspects seem to conflict with eachother, and is there a way around it? Let's find out!

Posted by Caleb Compton on Sun, 15 Jul 2018 01:22:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Art, Social/Online, VR
A few months ago Steven Spielberg released his latest sci-fi epic, Ready Player One. While a lot can be said about this movie, in this article I specifically want to look at it from a game design perspective. Is the OASIS actually a good game?

Posted by Caleb Compton on Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:15:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design
People who love games are a very diverse group. They enjoy different types of games, and they play them for different reasons. This article looks at some of the common ways of categorizing different types of players to aid design.

Posted by Caleb Compton on Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:11:00 EDT in Design, Serious
People often consider luck to be the enemy of skill. The more randomness there is, the less control you have over the outcome, right? In this article, I look at why this isn't necessarily true, and how luck and skill can actually compliment eachother.

For years, companies have been trying to use game design principles to change user behavior or get them to buy more products. In this article I look at some of the techniques used, why they don't usually work, and how they can possibly be done better.

Posted by Caleb Compton on Tue, 08 May 2018 10:53:00 EDT in Design
The world of puzzles in games is a vast one, and the possibilities for puzzle designs is nearly endless. However, there are a number of mistakes I see over and over. Today, I talk about some of these mistakes, and how to avoid them in designs.

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Comment In: [Blog - 04/24/2018 - 10:38]

Good point When I said ...

Good point When I said real life, I mostly just meant non-game design . I 'm glad you liked the article