“Arcs are one of the fundamental pillars of form, or structure in strategy games, and so they should be considered carefully in any design.”

Keith Burgun explores the topic of “strategy vs. tactics” from a new perspective. The concept of “strategic arcs” serves as a tool to provide strategy games with a more coherent structure. A careful distribution of those arcs can not just help in determining the optimal length of a game, but also in creating “more unique and special” games overall.

Check it out here: http://keithburgun.net/arcs-in-strategy-games/

Gwent avoids several pitfalls which plague Prismata
Gwent avoids several pitfalls which plague Prismata

Today’s post by Fabian Fischer is a dive into the role that the hidden information (primarily through card draws) allows the game to¬†avoid feeling “oppressively stressful”. It also provides insight into how the potential for card game design to slide towards luck-driven outcomes is mitigated by carefully chosen mulligan, deck construction and game structure (through a “best-of-three” format).

You can check it out here:
http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/FabianFischer/20170305/292859/Gwent_Braving_the_Storm.php