Cultist Simulator – the “Correct” way to Skinner Box

OK, so maybe I’m engaging in a little click bait with the title but err… well I’m actually saying it in a positive way.

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Cultist Simulator appears at first glance to use techniques based on Skinner’s techniques as well as the same countdown clocks you get on mobile games and… yet it is the perfect simulator game I have played.  They have taken mechanics you could argue as negative and uses them in a positive way… and through it the perfect simulator.

Tic-Tock Tic-Tock

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Project P – OR – The big questions

So last week I explained my process for designing the mechanics HERE but now we need to get into story.


And I’m using a very simple concept to do this… what story do I wish to let the players tell?

WARNING, this is very close to rail-roading so the next week will be the fine line and how to avoid crossing it.

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Project P – OR – how to put your idea through a shredder

When designing, you can safely assume that it will come out perfect…


Then be ready to throw it in a bin and NEVER ever play it.

OR you can take the idea and put it through a shredder… OK surely that the same thing right.

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Megagame Madness – The dice are rolled

OK so the plan to extend from Cry Havoc but I need some time to think… so I think


When you think of 2d6, you would normally think of a 2 dice each with 1 to 6.

However there are two other interesting dice type I have seen used or just generally can be bought.

I’ve had a look at these sets as I’m looking for a solution to handle an awkward situation with an idea.

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Zombicide – Tension in Mechanics

Well I’m having fun… and re-rolling Zombicide and Dead of Winter.


And I’m actually agreeing with one of the writers on the comments, Dead of Winter would not work easily mainly because of the way narrative mechanics are intertwined… maybe if you remove the crossroads cards and the hidden objectives, maybe… but in this case I’m siding with trying to answer Wednesday’s Question using Zombicide Black Plague.

Note this is my opinion and I’ll openly admit that… I’d love people’s opinions on this.

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Zombicide and Dead Winter – Action vs. Thriller

I have Zombicide: Black Plague, a game about fighting zombies… enough said.


However, I also have a game known as Dead Winter which is also about zombies but is nearer the Walking Dead; making a combination of systematic and random tough decisions that could result in the death of characters.

So which is better?  Well both… both scratch different itches.

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Delve – a forgiving game with a ruthless theme

Earlier in the week I mentioned the 2 games Carcassonne and Delve and their similarities…


I also mentioned that they changed a mechanic that in theory would result, in theory, in a harder game.

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In Carcassonne you get 8 meeples that once you deploy you can only get back when you complete specific locations; in delve, you only have 5 pieces.  You’d think that actually making it harder.

Even so, the designers actually can get away with it… this is why I think they get away with it.

This is a long answer…

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