Earlier this year, I threw together a simple tool to help one brainstorm game ideas- a website that gives you two random mechanics and two random themes, with the challenge being to think of a game with those characteristics. Since the mechanics are (mainly) lifted from BoardGameGeek, the results are especially useful for board and card game ideas.
I just joined gameful, and thought the community here might enjoy playing with it. To check it out, go here: http://www.adrianherbez.net/gameroller/
Enjoy! And if you have ideas for new mechanics or themes, I’d love to hear them (it’s database driven, so really easy to add new items).
[I asked how it worked—unable to load initially.]
You should see two mechanics and two themes, something like:
Chit-Pull System / Tile Placement
American West / American Revolutionary War
Area Movement / Partnerships
Game System / Puzzle
Card Drafting / Rock-Paper-Scissors
Adventure / Aviation / Flight
… and when you mouse over either mechanic, you should see a description of what the mechanic is."
I replied: Cool. You could add the link to the new Ludology University (in alpha) by Gameful member Mzo: http://ludologyu.com/