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The Number One Educational Resource for the Game Industry

Session Name: Machinations: A New Way to Design Game Mechanics
Speaker(s): Ernest Adams, Joris Dormans
Company Name(s): Independent, Independent
Track / Format: Game Design

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Game mechanics are among the hardest parts of a game to design because they are difficult to visualize and inconvenient to simulate quickly. In this lecture, Ernest Adams and Joris Dormans introduce a new visual framework and tool called Machinations that allows designers with no programming experience to diagram mechanics in a tool like Visio and simulate them in real time. In addition the session will present a library of design patterns that participants can use. Machinations is available free; this is not a product demo.

GDC Europe 2012

Ernest Adams


Joris Dormans


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Game Design