Reviews from the Designer Viewpoint


Reviewing products with a gamer design eye is one of the best ways of learning good games design. On this page you will find my reviews that I have undertaken from the designer perspective. These are available directly in the review tabs of the products on the publisher sites. However, those forums often have a word limit, resulting in reviews being split over a number of forum posts.

This is not ideal and results in reviews that are hard to read an follow in their entirety. So I have collated my reviews below. No editing beyond making into a single page, correction of spelling has taken place. The reviews are as found on the publisher sites in terms of content.

I hope you find these reviews useful and that they provide an insight into my design thoughts and processes as a guide to refining your own. You may not agree with me in all cases, that is great! It shows you are thinking about game design and how you interpret it!

Wayfinder Reviews

A free (yes free!) community magazine with production values and content that easily compares and often supersedes Dragon and Dungeon magazines when they were at their height.

Do not be put off by the community aspect of this magazine, the content is put through the same quality gates as a professional magazine and is a great measuring stick for your burgeoning design skills. If you get selected for this magazine, you must be doing something right.

Published twice yearly, calls for submissions go out on the Paizo Community Use forums giving theme, submission guidelines and closing dates.

For the links below, the issue name and number links to the magazine on the Paizo store, the review wording links to the consolidated review on this site.

Wayfinder 001My Review
Wayfinder 014My Review
Wayfinder 015 – My Review – coming soon

Roleplay games design resources for designers and freelancers.

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