Category: internet

Creating an items table

Today I tried to do a little work on my game but I got stuck on a table which I have been pondering about for a little while now but today it stopped me so I need to address it. In the game I am working on, players will have items, and will be able […]

Gameplay Types – Rounds, sandbox, story

A problem with many games that I have come across is the issue of replayability and length and this issue isn’t limited to PBBGs but has been affecting PC and console games for the last few years. But since this is a blog primarily about PBBGs lets explore this aspect in relation to them. Many […]

Can Flash be used for PBBGs?

In short, I think the answer is yes and I will explain myself as I write this post. This post is in response to a comment by jmucchiello on another post. He has suggested that I write this, and since I have been looking for topics, here it is. Lets define what a PBBG is. […]

Ranger Sheck's PBBG Design Blog

Through the comment left by Ranger Sheck on the previous post here at OpenBracket, I found a link to an extremely nice site focused on the design of PBBGs. Ranger Sheck’s home page is a blog about designing PBBGs in just the same vein of discussion as this blog. Some of his most recent posts […]

Player Controlled Economies and Player Created Items/Quests

Sorry for the long absence. I lost my job and fell into a nasty slump. Its just one thing after another… But anyways, this isn’t a blog about my life. It’s about PBBGs! And so lets get to it. As you can guess from the title, I am going to discuss player controlled economies and […]

Happy Birthday OpenBracket!

A year ago today, I wrote my first post here. I never thought I would actually make a year or have people read and comment.  So in honor of OpenBrackets one year, I would ask that if all readers could have a drink, and take a picture of themselves with OpenBracket opened on their screen. […]

Sun buys MySQL

Well… I don’t know what this will mean yet, but the news was released about 12 hours ago that Sun Micosystems is going to buy MySQL for a grand total of 1billion dollars (I shit you naught) of cash and stock options. You can find the announcement here on the offical Sun website. With Java […]


So I’ve been looking at a bunch of different games lately and some have amazing graphics, some no graphics and others possibly the worse graphics I’ve seen in a long time.  Also, I was talking to someone about a game he is designing and he was saying how the graphics were a key component of […]

The 'tick'

This has been a rather popular post and seems to be a big question and topic of debate among developers. I, for one was confused about how to appoarch this when I first posted about it. But after reading comments made by people smarter than me, and learning more about databasing and scripting I feel […]


You may have already noticed the new page up there (^). It’s is what it sounds like and the page describes it as. Want to talk about things that haven’t been mentioned, ask for help etc, go post in the comments on that page.  The idea is to not just  have me guide the topics […]