GAME DESIGN AND THEORY

Title Source Info
A Look at the Crazemind: Making a Crazegame
Learn how to make a good game.
08/22/2009 09:03 PM
A Look at the Crazemind: Unique Skillsets
Choosing character roles, the necessities and then how to shake up the character's skills
08/16/2009 05:31 PM
Issues of Cheap Healing in RPG Dungeons
A close look at the effects of a certain combination of gameplay design choices.
08/15/2009 06:38 PM
RMN Roundtable: RPG Balance
A bunch of cool guys get together on IRC to discuss balancing issues in RPGs, including examples from their own projects.
08/09/2009 02:24 AM
How Gaia Thinks: Horror Games 101
How can you make your game scary?
06/29/2009 03:33 AM
Questions you should ask yourself! RPG Mechanics I - V
A collection of the forum thread series. These questions can be handy checklist for maintaining game consistency. Be warned, there's very little organization, and a good deal of overlapping!
06/29/2009 12:19 AM
Philosophy of Treasure Distribution
A look at why, when, what, where and how to reward players with delicious mouth-watering treasure.
06/22/2009 12:00 AM
Information Absorption
A look at how players absorb information from their games, and how controlling the flow of that information can alter the gameplay experience.
06/07/2009 12:00 AM
Understanding Fun Game Design ~ Case Study: Tetris
1000 words on the Soviet Union's most meaningful contribution to human civilization.
04/21/2009 12:00 AM
Game Design Process 101: Part V (Level Design)
How to make a map...really awesome...
04/20/2009 12:00 AM
Bringing Your World To Life
Add that little extra depth
03/24/2009 12:00 AM
Game Design Process 101: Part IV (The GDD)
This is a long one...chock full of love.
03/11/2009 12:00 AM
Game Design Process 101: Part III (The Rough Draft)
Write it down, Mozart...
02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Risk and Reward
Patting your player on the back
02/18/2009 12:00 AM
Game Design Process 101: Part II (Creative Thinking)
How to make a good idea into a better idea...
02/11/2009 12:00 AM
Game Design Process 101: Part 1 (Inspiration)
It all starts with an idea...
02/04/2009 12:00 AM
Extra Content (Or How to Extend your Game without Extending the Story)
A brief description of ways to enhance gameplay and lengthen playtime
08/30/2008 12:00 AM
Completing a Project Guide
Tips on keeping on the progress track.
07/30/2008 12:00 AM
Hey Gamemakers, Stop Giving Up!
A no holds barred article detailing common project stoppers and attacking them.
07/28/2008 12:00 AM
History of RPG's Part I: Early RPG's
The History of Role-Playing Games
07/14/2008 12:00 AM

Article Categories

Anomalies
This section is a catch-all for anything that doesn't fit in the above categories. It may or may not be related to game making or RMN. It could have stories about pirates.
Artist Workshop
The articles in the artist workshop are geared towards making original sprites and tilesets for your game, which can help it stand out.
Game Design and Theory
This section is where all the amateur thinktanks write article regarding gameplay, with topics covering balance, dungeon design, battle systems, etc.
Programming and Mathematics
Need to do some heavy-duty coding or math work? This is the place.
Webcast
Broadcast your opinions over the Internet for all to hear!
Writer's Block
The storytelling category is for articles about creating well-rounded heroes, villains, background stories and even worlds!