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Escape Room Puzzle Ideas from Game Design Improv

Game Design Improv

Game Design Improv

Ideas for escape rooms can be hard to think of. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start (of course you can always read my book)! I’ve got just the thing for people struggling to think of escape room puzzle ideas: Game Design Improv!

Some brave George Brown game design students joined me on the Wero Creative Twitch channel to stream a recent brainstorming session. We set out to create escape room puzzle ideas using Game Design Improv and I must say the results are pretty entertaining. After a rocky start we got the swing of things. I think our best idea was generated in the second video embedded below.
This first video includes me describing the game and some ways to use it to come up with escape room puzzle ideas.

After you come up with your escape room puzzles you can use the Room Escape Company Name Generator by the ever-amazing Room Escape Artists.

Get Game Design Improv now!

You can get the game now on iOS and Android!

Here’s the trailer for the game about game ideas:

My Book About Pokémon GO is Available Now

The Unofficial Pokémon GO Tracker's Guide: Finding the Rarest Pokémon and Strangest PokéStops on the Planet

The Unofficial Pokémon GO Tracker’s Guide: Finding the Rarest Pokémon and Strangest PokéStops on the Planet

Pokémon GO took the world by storm this year by providing an AR experience that Pokémon lovers have wanted forever. Accordingly, this past summer Page Two Books asked if I wanted to write a book on the game. Instantly I said yes!

Pokémon GO is all about getting out into the world and exploring it, so I decided to celebrate that part of the game in the book. Throughout The Unofficial Pokémon Go Tracker’s Guide I provide the strangest and best places to play the game. Think about it as a sort of tour book to take your Pokemon GO playing to the next level.

Inside The Unofficial Pokémon Go Tracker’s Guide you’ll find places around the world that will add to your Pokemon GO experience. Thanks to my travels around the world I used my personal experiences to choose the niftiest PokeStops and gyms. You’ll also find stories about how some people have expressed their joy around Pokemon GO in novel ways!

Much more than a player’s guide, The Unofficial Pokémon Go Tracker’s Guide takes you on an epic journey to all the weird and wonderful places Pokémon appear across the planet — from the Pentagon to Iceland’s Westfjords to Frankenstein Castle — and shows how everyday players are taking the world’s greatest, most exciting treasure hunt by storm.

Uncover secrets of the player community in this one-of-a-kind, visually striking guide. Experience infamous and obscure PokéStops first-hand through the eyes (and screens) of real-life Pokémon GO players — just like you! See how players congregate at bustling Central Park to capture a care Vaporeon and kayak to the middle of New Zealand’s breathtaking Oriental Bay to claim an undiscovered PokéGym. Learn about PoGo yarn bombing, moth research, mountain climbing, and other quirky elements of the world’s favorite game.

Where to buy

You can get the book now at any of the following stores:

  • Amazon
  • Amazon Canada
  • Indigo
  • It is also sold in Walmart, Costco, Shopper’s Drug Mart, select Loblaws, American Urban Outfitters, Barnes and Noble, and chain and independent stores around the world.

A Game About Game Ideas

My most recent game is out and you can get it now for iOS and Android! Game Design Improv is all about generating and pitching game ideas!

gamedesignimprovlogo

You can play it as a fun party game or use it to generate game ideas for your own purposes (as in for games you’re making). Inspired partly by Oblique Strategies, the game will help you conquer and creative difficulties you may have! Ok, maybe not all of them – but some. At the very least it can be used to get you out of whatever the equivalent is of a writer’s block for a game designer.

Game Design Improv screen

It’s an evolution of my One Game a Month game of the same name which I made two years ago(!). Indeed you can see the previous version and the most recent version in the screenshots below. It’s obvious the impact good art direction can have, and for that I must thank Samet Choudhury.

Original version of the game idea game

Original version of the game idea game

Game Design Improv screen of game ideas

Game Design Improv

From Wero Creative.

Generate game ideas like never before!

Have fun competing with others to create the best (or just hilarious) game idea! You can also use it on your own for some fun last-minute game jam ideas.

Game Design Improv is a digitized game design exercise which I use to quickly produce ideas for games in all forms. It’s all about quickly creating game ideas based on limited information in a fun way.

Use it to come up with ideas for:
– Video Games
– Escape Games
– Board Games
– Puzzle Games
– Any other games!

The way to play it is to use what’s presented on the screen in a short ~1 minute game pitch. Keep it quick and it works as a fun, quick, useful activity.

This started at Board Game Jam and has evolved into this app you see in front of you now. You really should download it as there is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Wero Creative wants you to make games! Do whatever you want with the ideas you generate from this app – no restrictions!

Game Design Improv screen of game ideas

Get it now on iOS and Android!

Know How To Pitch Your Game

For any entertainment property knowing how to pitch it is integral to getting funding, backers, and sales.

A few weeks back, Paradox did an hour long stream on how to pitch to them. If you’re thinking of pitching to Paradox then you really need to watch it – or any other studio for that matter. They go into brand building, familiarity with consumers, and they reveal that game studios propose non-strategy games (90% of all pitches get rejected!). Be sure to know what a publisher actually publishes before pitching them!

Paradox takes board games pitches on based on their intellectual property, and of course the best way to do that is to send them a copy of the game. For more on board game pitches check out the panel we did with Bamboozle Brothers at Board Game Jam.

Never just pitch an idea – show something that reveals it!

You have to be really short and concise with you pitch! Panelists on the Pitching Secrets Revealed session at GDC 2013 all agree that you should use the minimum amount of time you need to describe your game, then use any remaining time to go into more details. For example, if you have a 15 minute pitch session you should use the first 5 to deliver your pitch and the rest of the time to answer questions.

Pitch for a card game

Pitch for a card game

Similarly, at GDC Europe in 2014 Rami Ismail (from Vlambeer) gave a talk about how to sell and why it’s important to be able to do pitch well. Basically, if you don’t know how to talk about your game then you can’t sell it. And if you can’t pitch it then you can’t sell it. If you can keep the summary of your game in one sentence then that’s even better.

You can watch his talk on the GDC Vault, he starts talking about pitching at the 14 minute mark.

For creating a good pitch deck (AKA PowerPoint) see this early post about Bubble Gum Interactive’s template.

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