Rumrunners: A Prohibition Era Street Game

Designers Rumrunners was co-designed, co-produced and co-directed by Catherine Herdlick and Sarah Romoslawski Dates Run So far, Rumrunners has only been run once — November 9th, 2013 at the San Francisco Come Out and Play Festival.  We hope to run it again, it was a lot of fun and a…

Games User Research is for Game Design!

During Fall 2012 I presented with Marina Kobayashi at the San Francisco Game Design Conference.  Not to be confused with GDC, the Game Design Conference was a smaller event that focused solely on aspects of game design. The talk defines Games User Research (GUR), and includes two perspectives on practicing…

Reflections on Sifteo Playtesting Part 2 — Collaborating with Marketing

While I was at Sifteo I managed the games team’s playtesting service.  Dubbed the office PlayLab by our marketing VP, Laurie Peterson, I took on PlayLab’s games user research studies while the marketing team ran product, branding and packaging focused studies. We often piggy-backed off of each other’s recruited participants and…

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Reflections on Playtesting at Sifteo, Part 1

While at Sifteo, my title was Game Designer, however, I took on the role of leading playtesting for all the pack-in titles for the gen 2 New Sifteo Cube launch.   Thus, Sifteo needed to test five titles all at once — Chroma Splash, Word Caravan (which I was also a…

Ninja Slide on Sifteo Cubes

TMNT Ninja Slide

Release Date November 2012 Platform: Sifteo Cubes Genre TMNT:Ninja Slide is a sliding block puzzle adventure game. It draws from games like ThinkFun’s Rush Hour and Nintendo classics like Adventures of Lolo, one of my favorite games as a child. In this game the player must “think like a Ninja”…

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Word Caravan

Platform Sifteo Cubes Genre Word Puzzle Game About the Game Go on a puzzling adventure with Doc Henry Bhat. Find puzzle boxes along the route of the ancient Silk Road and unscramble words from each regions language. The clues will get you closer to where you are off to next!…

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Creativity Kit Multiple Choice

Platform Original Sifteo Cubes Genre Quiz Game — DIY About the Game Creativity Kit multiple choice allows users to create trivia games for their Sifteo cubes. Input questions and answers in the Siftrunner tool and instantly run your game. My Roles Producer, Lead Playtester

Alpha-Matic for Original Sifteo Cubes

The Cogwell Twins and the Amazing Alpha-Matic

Release Date September 2011 Platform The Original Sifteo Cubes Genre Montessori-inspired Letter Sound Learning Game About the Game Alpha-Matic is a Montessori-inspired learning game for pre-readers. The player arranges the cubes in a path to send letters through a series of pipes and crazy contraptions created by imaginative little inventors,…

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Daily Hot Shots

Release Date November 16, 2010 Platform Web game on Pogo.com Genre Asynchronous Social Game — dress-up, user-generated content, voting About the Game Daily Hot Shots, or DHS for short was a daily social game available on Pogo.com Each day, players could dress up a Pogo(tm) Mini model for that day’s…

Pogo.com Games

While at Pogo I worked on these games as producer, assistant producer or agile product owner.  I enjoyed focusing on a casual audience and working on designs for games that were fun and light-hearted.  Cirque du Flea is a physics game with puzzle-based episodes.  Yahtzee Party is a direct translation…