Game ideas from the bottom up.

PlayThinker helps you brainstorm your next game.

A creative tool for developers.

PlayThinker is a deck of 37 cards that challenges you to blend player-game interactions into a compelling game.

Avoid the same old.

A player interacts with a game's systems, and those systems push back — that's what makes a game interesting.

Using these interactions as the building blocks of a new game makes it easier to ignore the cliches of a genre or setting, freeing you up to make something new.

From one player to a whole class.

Play by yourself, with a friend, or in a group of any size. PlayThinker is great for use in the classroom too.

Buy the digital version!
($1, here's a sample sheet)

Buy the printed version!
($10 plus postage)


You can also read the FAQ.