2021-03-17

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In praise of messy design

Tanya X. Short of Kitfox Games wrote this wonderful article about messy design in games. She described three different types of messy: shaggy, baggy, and craggy.

A shaggy game design is one that forces the player to experience wildly varying systems and gameplay along the journey of the game. A baggy game design is one that has a wide, some might even say excessive breadth of systems. Craggy design is one that has surprising, some might even say excessive depth of systems.