The Cost Of Combat in Strategy Games

Thanks to my patrons for supporting this article! Strategy games, in some ways, are all about limitations. You have limited resources to spend on units and structures at any given time, limited time to react to enemy attacks and tactics, limited attention and reaction speed to manage as you try to eke the most out of…

The Balance of Power: Progression and Equilibrium in Real-Time Strategy Games

This is my 4th patron-supported article. Thanks to everyone who supports me, both financially and otherwise. I deeply appreciate everyone who pays attention to what I write, challenges my ideas, and engages with me in thinking about the fascinating experience that is real-time strategy gaming. My particular thanks to Ashes and Ian Richard (@McTeddyGames), my…

Some Inspired Designs in Relic’s RTS Titles

I’m not going to mince words here. Relic’s games are a breath of fresh air in the real-time strategy space. They always have been. Their inaugural title, Homeworld, was a breathtaking testament to what strategy games could be, and remains one of the iconic and noteworthy pillars of the real-time strategy space. In terms of both storytelling…

Some thoughts about the power system in Remnants

One of my primary goals in designing my first StarCraft 2 mod, currently operating under the name ‘Remnants‘ is to encourage players to maintain an awareness and force presence in multiple areas of the map. And while I am working on implementing a variety of methods for encouraging this behavior, one of the primary systems for…

Battlefield uncertainty and fog of war

Almost since the inception of games, game designers have known that giving all participants universal and precise access to complete information about a game’s state can be a roadblock to the skill and fun derived from playing. In card games such as War, Rummy, Blackjack and Poker for instance, at least one or more of each player’s cards…