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Game Design Journals... who reads them?

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Hedge-o-Matic
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As I was modifying one of my journal entries, I began to wonder how much other people read the journals, given the fact that there are so few comments on them.

How about it, am I in the small minority that follow the journals? Or am I in the majority who do, but don't comment often?

As for me, I've begun to comment more on journals. Feedback is always appreciated!

Nando
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I read every journal.

I don't comment because there seems to be a bug in the system that prevents the journal owners from deleting them. As a lot of journals are re-used over time, the comments become outdated and just add clutter.

That said, I rarely comment on journal entries to people via PM or IM or email. I do often, however, ask questions in chat about what people have going on if it interests me.

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I'm new to this site but I have read a few entries and made one of my own.

If I find via some thread that some individual is working on projects that have a bearing on what I'm working on, I'll certainly go and check out some of their journal entries to learn more.

I have not yet left any comments yet nor had any. I don't think I'd be likely to offer comments on specific design issues (unless asked a specific question), rather I'd be inclined to introduce myself and say 'hey, we seem to have some comon interets here', or something like that.

DSfan
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Or am I in the majority who do, but don't comment often?

I'm right here with you Hedge!

Justin

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I'm not 100% sure whether this will happen, but my hope is that on the new site, the journals/blogs will be integrated with the forums so that discussions about journals will be easier. The journal format at present just isn't as conducive to discussion as the forums are, but hopefully the new site will integrate the two so that it's easier to start up discussions.

-Jeff

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What new site? Which forum or cache of information have I missed here?

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What new site? Which forum or cache of information have I missed here?

There is a new version of the web site that will be created. It will include more features, including a Wiki.

Now about the journal, I don't really read them. I read them one or twice since I am a member. I do not also write anything because I don't feel the need to write everything I do when I design a game: it makes be lose time.

The only thing I write on my computer are "game draft". These are fast notes and and rapid ideas written about the concept of the game to make sure I don't forget what I tought. Of course, I could submit this information has a journal entry, but I will need to rewrite the draft to make sure other people can understand what I wrote.

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I'm with Larienna on this one... I just feel like my notes are too loose to make any sense without cleaning them up, and cleaning them up for other people to read is not something I have so much time for...

I do, however, seem to have tons of time to have discussions in the forums, so maybe I'm just a bit shy about posting my work here?

?

Time for some self-examination, maybe. I do offer lots of suggestions for people on how to solve the problems they present, but I have rarely presented my own. hm.

I'll work on that I think.

~Josh

Nando
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The question is, "Do you read the journals?"

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Or am I in the majority who do, but don't comment often?

I'm right here with you Hedge!

Justin

Yep, me too. Occasionally I send a PM to a journal author; I don't think I've ever left any comments. Perhaps I should; I'm usually pleased to get comments on my own journals!

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Good point.

Yeah, I read them, but usually only after I've exhausted the forums on whatever interests me. I find them interesting (usually) but for some reason they're not as appealing as the forums... probably because they don't lend themselves well to interactivity.

Still, I do like to keep informed on everyone's progress, especially on those games that we've seen develop over months here.

~Josh

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Like Josh, I only read the journals when there are no new posts to read. I don't know why, as every time I have read a journal I have found it very interesting. It might be related to the lack of interactivity already mentioned, but I think it has more to do with the lesser exposure the journals have compare dto the forums. I know there's the 'Latest Journal Entries' list on the main page, but it's soooo down there in the corner that I rarely notice it.

And I'm too lazy to keep one, I think I wrote mine just once, a long time ago.

Seo

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I read the Journals when ppl make an update to something. Some are more interesting than others, i.e. Jeffs Thirty Years War is most interesting.

At the moment I just have one Journal entry, to give an overview of the games I am currently working on and what state they are currently in. This is mostly to give other people an idea of the types of games I am working on, and so that anyone interested in any of my projects can ask me questions about them, or for more info...

I think I may use the blog type function offered in the new website to keep track of my design processes, though at the moment I am using a different website of my own to record my playtesting sessions and to record comments from my playtesters, and that has proved quite a good way to keep a record of things.

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I certainly read all of them - and it even acted as a catalyst for me creating my own Journals.

The only reason I don't comment is because I have not had the opportunity to spend the time thinking about what journals say to be able to give a comment that is useful. It is, however, something I would like to do so that I am giving something back to those that post there (and elsewhere in the forums)

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I use my journal to report on progress on my designs. I enjoy reading how other people's games are coming along. Therefore, the journals that regularly write about their progress interest me the most.

I will comment if I feel I can offer a useful suggestion or compliment.

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At the moment I just have one Journal entry, to give an overview of the games I am currently working on and what state they are currently in.

I like this idea, I think that it could be a cool idea to make some sort of database where each member could list all his board game ideas in a few words and indicating the developement level : ex: raw idea, design, play testing, production, published, etc. In this way, we could search what are the popular themes of mechanics currently popular in development.

I think the reason why I don't read the journal is because they are too long and does not get to the point. When somebody post a complete game design in a forum post, I generally don't read them. Normally, forum post focus on a specific question or topic, so it is easier to talk about it. While for the journal, you generally need to read everything, analyse the content, imagine how the game will work and see if it works, if there is any bugs or a bettler solution to problems, etc.

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I read (most) journals as I find the time for that. Some interest me more than others, some I only find time to read them when they are already long/old...

I also discussed games / journal-entries in chat. It's quiet easy to exlpain something in the chat by just referring to an entry. Chat and journals are a nice combination, I think.

Cheese.

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