Gamasutra - Blogs John Bell's Blogs Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:42:19 EDT en-us (Simon Carless) Chess 2: The Debunkening - by John Bell Design,Indie As a Chess instructor, I'd hate to see people that are interested in Chess dismiss it in favor of Chess 2. seems to be a lot of Chess basing going in surrounding Chess 2, and I hope to convince you that Chess 2 is not a suitable replacement for Chess. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:56:00 EST A Designer's First Aid Kit for "I don't get it" - by John Bell Design Every designer has experienced it: that moment during playtesting when players just don't "get it" and the designer has to change something. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:55:00 EST Linearity is Okay in Games - by John Bell Design It seems almost dogmatic; don't limit the players choices, present him with a wealth of options at his disposal to give him a richer experience. The issue with non-linearity is that if a little is good, then more is better... right? Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:23:00 EST