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sometimes I made games. I make board games, card games, storytelling games, and computer games. the rules are collected here.

recommended

game date type complexity players tested? recommended? description
doodle adventures 2021-03-29 drawing low 1-6 no yes listen as a premade story is revealed, and doodle what happens.
in media res 2022-02-25 storytelling low 3+ yes maybe 3+ people tell a story
logic potions 2021-03-13 board high 2-4 yes maybe a potion-brewing game. not about logical deduction, but about logical deduction clues themselves
loot boxes 2021-02-08 storytelling low 2-4 yes maybe "car trip" game. Players have an inventory of random items. They must use the items to solve a series of challenges.
no, this cannot be! I AM INVINCIBLE! v2 2021-02-08 storytelling mid 2-8 yes yes villains send wave after harder wave of enemies at the Heros, until they kill the Villains.
ultimate archwizards vs the dark Lord 2021-02-03 storytelling low 3-5, plus GM yes yes one-page storytelling game about the final episode in a fight anime.

untested

game date type complexity players tested? recommended? description
bazaar 2022-03-04 card mid 4-8 no not yet trade with other plays and try to make a profit. neither cooperative nor competitive.
faux pas v2 2021-04-28 cooperative mid 3-8 no maybe a "visible role" game, where everyone knows your secret identity except you. try to enter the dining room in order of social rank.
emperical zendo 2021-03-19 board mid 2-8 no no a variant on traditional zendo, where you score points for predicting the rule but never guess the rule outright.
infinity questions 2022-02-25 party low 2 no maybe a frustrating game of 20 questions
deadly education rpg 2021-02-12 roleplaying mid 2-6, plus GM no no a traditional pen-and-paper roleplaying game based on the affinity-based magic system from Naomi Novik's "A Deadly Education"
ninjas ninjas ninjas! v2 2021-02-07 storytelling mid-high 3 no no fast, diceless storytelilng game about how cool ninjas are.
stupid conspiracies 2021-01-17 party, competitive low 10+ no maybe conspiracy nutjobs try to join as many conspiracies as possible, and get as many people as possibly to believe their conspiracy.

flops

game date type complexity players tested? recommended? description
doubledore 2021-06-06 card low 2 yes no a tower-defense card game. when you defeat a monster, it attacks your opponent instead.
stupid russia 2017-10-29 party, competitive mid-high 10+, plus GM yes no spy directors make deals with each other, trying to report more agents than anyone else, without getting their own agents executed.
colony on the moon 2016-07-05 computer (minecraft) high 1+ alpha no a minecraft modpack. Based around providing reductionist components and having the player do their own automation.
volcano 2013-02-05 computer low-med 1 beta no an ASCII roguelike I made in college. Not much fun.

games by others

game date type complexity players tested? recommended? description
lexicon 2003-11-20 storytelling low 2+ yes yes players collaboratively build a world by writing an encyclopedia about it