There are many ways to game
as there are gamers to play
them. There are focused gamers who pick a theme
with it most of their lives. There are die hard role players
, hard dice
roll players and anti dice hard tech players. There are board game
aficionados and card game
fanatics. There are folks who like to move around the hex
es and those who wont map
the territory of their playing.
Then there are those who like to mix it all up.
Precious few resources exist for this type of gamer, one such resource though is Warp Spawn Games
Warp Spawn Games
is home to a motley crew of game developer
s and players who revel in creating game
s as much as they do in play
ing them. The lead mad scientist
in this laboratory of gamming is Lloyd Krassner
who has been running this site since 1997.
The site itself is spartan
but what it lacks in graphics it makes up for in game rules
. Lloyd and the Warp Spawn regulars have been churning out game rule
s at a break neck speed for the last few years, the count for 2001 is now over 70 and climbing.
Game types range from your pure card game
to your roll and move board game
s to hex game
to combinations of all of the above. There are lots of different types of game mechanics to choose from as well. The rule
sets are broken into thematic sections; there are sections for SF
and the infamous Other
as well as a place of Universal Game Systems
. Each of these sections is further broken down by time period of subtype.
Many of the rule
sets you will find are mostly straight text files
. Very few have any sort of graphics
or unit counter
s. These are left for others to work on. In some cases there are graphics available either as image files or as Thoth
game sets. The big advantage to a Thoth game set in this case is that the individual graphical items are not hidden in the gamebox, they are available to be manipulated and customized
The good news is that over time and with more people using Warp Spawn Games
the more ready-made graphics there are to play with. If you cant find these ready made gems for the rules set you are wanting to play then its up to you to create them and hopefully offer them up to the site so that others can use them as well. A lot of what goes on at Warp Spawn is centered on this act of causal collaboration
Sharing the game
s or variant
s you have created with the rest of the Warp Spawn crew gets the game played more and thus it becomes a better game for the playing. Play testing
games is a powerful tool in the developmental cycle of a game.
The act of making a game has become a game for the Warp Spawn game makers. Trying out combinations of types, tweaking rule
s sets, merging different mechanics
and methods all are evident in the rules sets found here. You can get a glimpse of what goes on in one game developers mind on Llyod’s Brainstroming
page. There is also an open channel of discussion between the users and developers. This comes in the form of a message board. It’s a simple text only web message board but it works to get the conversation
and critiques flowing.
s page gives players and developers alike a place to work out the workings of the games; the good, the bad and the ugly. Often what doesn’t work can be as helpful to making a better game
as what does work. Hearing from the developer
and the player
s is a great way to get a look into some of the games.
The biggest strengths Warp Spawn has going for it is not its flashy graphics
(there are none) or its professional publication ready games (these games are as raw as they come, rivaling even CheapAss Games
) or even its detailed rule sets (some of these games are as abstracted from their source material as a Pollack
canvas). What Warp Spawn has is a down in the muck attitude where the game comes before the detail
and the developing is as much fun as the playing. It’s a schloberknocker no holds barred game development site that offers as wide a range of game styles as I have seen represented in any one place.
It has a core group of members who are quick to help and very into the idea that everyone is a game developer just looking for a chance to come out and play