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New Journal of Boardgame Design article: The Art of Scoring

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Jonathan
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My latest article in the Journal of Boardgame Design has just been
published. "The Art of Scoring - How Game Designers Encourage You To Get More" explores the use of scoring systems in games as a way to create focus, tension, and player interaction.

"Scoring for majorities is one of the most popular mechanics in Eurogames. I scanned my own collection and found that out of 100 games, I identified 35 of them that use scoring for majorities in some form. But there are other ways that designers have come up with to grant disproportionate, typically escalating, scoring in their games. It's pretty darned hard to come up with something new, but fortunately there are a lot of creative designers out there. I thought it would be fun to see what people are using, and to see what different effects they can have on game play."

This is Part 1 of a two part series. The second part, to come later, will
survey some of the more original schemes that designers have used in
particular games, and how they affect game play.

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http://www.jbdgames.blogspot.com/

I hope that this sort of post is welcome in this forum. I have enjoyed a good amount of traffic originating from this forum, and I can think of no group out there whose focus is more closely related to my writings. FWIW, my own focus is really more in line with appreciating game design than it is in guiding new game design - but there is tremendous overlap.

In turn, I expect to be returning to this forum more frequently to read what others contribute, to learn, and to get inspiration for my own writing.

Anyway, I write to no particular schedule. Technically, JBD is a "blog", but really it's a periodic online monograph which happens to use Blogger as a hosting mechanism. My goal is to get out one article a month. This article became so long that I chose to break it into two pieces - the second part will be released in a week or two.

I hope that participants here enjoy this latest article and feel encouraged to comment.

Thanks, all,

Jonathan

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Re: New Journal of Boardgame Design article: The Art of Scor

Jonathan wrote:
I hope that this sort of post is welcome in this forum.

It is, if I have any say in the matter! I've read your "101" articles with great interest, and just finished your recent blogs on scoring and Ticket to Ride. I found them to be most interesting, pertinent to the focus of the BGDF, and I look forward to reading more in future.

Triktrak
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New Journal of Boardgame Design article: The Art of Scoring

Excellent Article and Journal,

Thanks for posting such well thought out topics.

Triktrak

MattMiller
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New Journal of Boardgame Design article: The Art of Scoring

I've read all your 101 articles, and I really like them. I think this scoring article is even better (though the reason I think this might be because it speaks directly to the topic I'm currently wrestling with in my own design).

Thanks for posting this.

-- Matt

P.S. Do I really have to wait a week for Part 2?

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New Journal of Boardgame Design article: The Art of Scoring

Wiki Fodder!

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New Journal of Boardgame Design article: The Art of Scoring

Fantastic articles Jonathan. The first thing I've enthusiastically taken notes about since getting out of college last year! Great analysis and points to think about. I personally think you fill a very nice niche that is untapped. Anyway, I know I can't wait for more - keep doing what you're doing so well!

Jonathan

MPT
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New Journal of Boardgame Design article: The Art of Scoring

All I get at that URL is a blue screen (tried it 2 minutes ago).

setarcos
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jbdgames.blogspot seems to be down for now.

You get nothing but a blue screen? How very odd! I’ve been getting nothing but a black screen for the last couple of days whenever I try to go there.

Unless I use Mozilla Firefox, in which case I get a screen full of programming text (which might as well be Greek as far as I’m concerned).

Hopefully Jonathan will have his site up and running again ASAP. Personally (as Board Game Designer wannabe) I find his articles to be very useful.

OutsideLime
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New Journal of Boardgame Design article: The Art of Scoring

I am getting nothing but a WHITE screen.

That's a strange one.

~Josh

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I get the code page with Firefox or Mozilla, the black (actually a very dark blue) in MS Internet Explorer, a white one in Opera.

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New Journal of Boardgame Design article: The Art of Scoring

Works for me: mozilla 1.6
Maybe it's fixed now.

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