Machinations is a platform to predict game economies and systems, with a thriving community of game designers and developers.
Machinations use interactive diagrams to design gameplay systems, stochastic simulations to predict player experience, and handoff features for facilitating team communication.
The free version includes one editor and 3-day version history. However, keep in mind that all diagrams you make with the free version are public.
In case you are looking for advanced features, you can join the premium membership. There are three options:
-Essential: It costs $59/month and includes private diagrams and unlimited editors, among other features.
-Professional: It costs $229/month and includes all features in Essential, plus an account manager and higher priority support, among other features.
-Power: This custom-priced premium membership includes everything in Professional along with customer training and additional features.
You can explore all membership features on Machinations' pricing page.
The community also focuses on providing educational content for members to learn how to connect data and game creation. Among the available resources, you can find videos, documents, and blog posts.
On the other hand, there is a Discord server for members to connect and interact with each other. The Discord server offers several channels to provide feedback and get support when using Machinations. You can also talk about web3, game design, and look for new job opportunities.
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Access educational resources:
The community offers YouTube videos, theoretical documents, and blog posts with strategies and recommendations. All this content aims to help members expand their knowledge.
Join an active community:
Machinations' Discord server offers a safe space for members to ask questions and help each other. You can also provide feedback and get support from Machinations' support team.
Find useful tools:
If you opt for the premium membership, you will access more tools to improve your experience with Machinations. For example, you can use unlimited editors and private diagrams with any of the premium memberships.
The community hosts webinars via Zoom. To attend, you need previous registration. Before a webinar, you can find a description of the topics that will be discussed, as well as the agenda. Also, you will see the list of speakers participating.
Members communicate through a Discord server. The server has spaces for general discussion, community help, and feedback. Additionally, members have different channels to introduce themselves, talk about game design, share job offers, and promote their work.
Overall, Machinations it's a great place to meet like-minded people working in the game industry to bounce off ideas and exchange knowledge.
The community has a resources section on its website and another one on the Discord server. On the website, there is a knowledge base with documents, YouTube videos, and blog posts. There is also a section with recordings of previous webinars and video tutorials. Moreover, the community shares templates, articles, and academic research.
On Discord, members share links to external websites, videos, and documents. All of them discuss game design and game development topics.