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Crafter Con 2017 - JT Smith: Building a mathematical model for your game

This is the first recorded session we've released from Crafter Con 2017! Watch the full session for free at

A mathematical model isn't as scary as it sounds, and it can be one of the best ways to ensure you have a balanced board game. It's also a great way to set starting values for all the components of your game.

In this recorded session from Crafter Con 2017, JT Smith will lead you through a few models he's created and do a hands-on exercise walking you through the steps of creating a mathematical model for a hypothetical game. He'll also show an advanced model that he turned into a program that ran over 40 million battle simulations to tune the weapons in one of his upcoming games.

JT Smith is the creator of The Game Crafter and the designer of The Captain is Dead.

This is a recording of a live session at Crafter Con 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. If you'd like to learn more about Crafter Con visit

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