Author Archives: Nels Anderson

Soren Johnson Discusses Sid’s Lessons

May 4th, 2009 | Posted by Nels Anderson in Link-out - (Comments Off on Soren Johnson Discusses Sid’s Lessons)

Soren Johnson discusses a number of lessons he learned from Sid Meier during his time at Firaxis. All four observations are good, but the third and fourth are especially resonant for me. Calls for thematic simplicity and “show, don’t tell” have grown increasingly loud as of late. When Jeff Kaplan says at GDC “we need …
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Vertical Spaces in Level Design

April 21st, 2009 | Posted by Nels Anderson in Link-out - (2 Comments)

Rob Hale’s discussion of a Damnation making-of video┬áraises a very interesting point. The top down diagram that most levels emerge from does not lend itself particularly well to creating rich vertical spaces. It’s possible to create verticality after the fact, but rarely is it significantly navigable. I’ve personally wrestled with this when designing tabletop RPG …
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