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Board Game Design Day: Balancing Mechanics for Your Card Game's Unique "Power Curve"

Speaker:

Dylan Mayo (Game Design Manager, The Pokemon Company International)

Location: Room 3020, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 20

Time: 3:50pm - 4:20pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Board Game Design Day

Vault Recording: Video

When making trading card/collectible object games you need to balance the cost to play vs. the power of those objects, aka your "power curve". But how that curve looks is very different, based on your game. In this talk, veteran designer Dylan Mayo ('The Spoils', 'Magic', 'Pokemon') will set some base truths and contrast the curves of some of the biggest games in the space, including 'Magic', 'Pokemon', 'Hearthstone', 'The Spoils' and 'Clash Royale'. He'll discuss the concept of "proportional distance off the curve" and how to apply those findings to your own games.

Takeaway

This talk will deal specifically with how your mechanics in trading card or object games inform your game's unique power curve, and how to balance within that.

Intended Audience

The audience is those interested in making physical games such as trading card games and online CCG titles, although there may be wider takeaways for anyone who uses similar mechanics in board or video games.