Organicity in abstract strategy games

Nick Bentley Games

Note: This post wasn’t written by me (Nick Bentley), but rather by one of my game design mentors, Christian Freeling:

freeling-1 …who is probably insane

Christian is an éminence grise in the world of combinatorial games and I wouldn’t be the designer I am without him. He’s designed some of the best games in the world, imo, but deep combinatorial games are rarely published, so his accomplishments aren’t widely known. This situation is, if not tragic, at least deeply silly.

In any case, it’s an honor to present the essay below. It’s about a quality Christian prizes in games (as do I), which he calls organicity. It’s a quality he speaks of often, but it’s not an easy concept to understand and discussions of the subject can spiral into confusion. This essay can be seen as an attempt to remedy that. 

You can read more by Christian at his website, Mindsports

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