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Game Mechanics: Advanced Game Design by Joris Dormans, Ernest Adams

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Online Appendix C. Getting Started with Machinations

You can create and simulate Machinations diagrams in the Machinations Tool, a graphical editor and simulator created by Joris Dormans. This tutorial will get you up to speed creating diagrams in the tool. First we’ll introduce the user interface, and then we’ll show you, step by step, how to create a diagram. However, our tutorial doesn’t include a detailed discussion of how and why all the elements of the diagram work. The basic elements of Machinations diagrams are explained in Chapter 5, “Machinations.” Chapter 6, “Common Mechanisms,” discusses a few more advanced elements, and Chapter 8, “Simulating and Balancing Games,” explains how to use charts and artificial players.

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