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What Makes a Game Good?

This article by Wolfgang Kramer gives some clear and specific ways to answer the question "Is this game any good?", including:

  • Originality
  • Freshness and replayability
  • Surprise
  • Equal opportunity
  • Winning chances
  • No "kingmaker effect"
  • No early elimination
  • Reasonable waiting times
  • Creative control
  • Quality of components
  • Consistency of rules
  • Tension


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