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 store pages of the products on the publisher sites.

However, forums have per post word limits. This results in reviews being split over a number of forum posts. This is not ideal and results in reviews that are hard to read and follow in their entirety. So, I have collated my reviews below.

Some small editing has been performed, like spelling fixes and extra formatting to fit a blog style page.

I hope you find these reviews useful. And I hope 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’s 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 with, 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. All submissions experience the same quality gates and editing processes as a formal product goes through. It is a great measuring stick for your burgeoning design skills. Successful submissions prove the designer is getting it right.

Published annually, calls for submissions go out on the Paizo Community Use forums. The calls describe the theme, submission guidelines and closing dates. Note that the labels contain two links, the first, the issue name and number links to the Paizo Store for acquiring the issue, and, the text “My Review” links to this sites’ collated review.

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Anthony Adam (Template Fu)

Author: Anthony Adam
Updated: 2019/07/08 15:10

Roleplay games design resources for designers and freelancers.