Andy Patton—Game Designer

I’m Andy, a game designer and founder of Waxwing Puzzle Company.
Read the blog for my thoughts on game design.
Peruse the sketchbook for game ideas.


Games and Projects:


Dead Last

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Dead Last is a “social collusion” game of shifting alliances, betrayals, and murder for profit in which players must conspire and vote upon whom to kill each round. Any means of overt or covert communication is allowed — a glance, a nod, pointing under the table, flashing a card, anything – but make sure you don’t tip off the target or they could ambush you instead! In the end, one or two players will remain, either claiming all the gold or squaring off in a final showdown before starting the next round of play.

Dead last is designed my Matthew Grosso and myself and is published by Smirk and Dagger Games.



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Speakeasy is a pervasive party game built to feel like Mafia on steroids. In Speakeasy, each player is assigned a role as either a mobster or a federal agent and must identify their teammates, use their special abilities to wheel & deal, backstab, and outmaneuver their opponents.

Buy it on Amazon.



Waxwing Logo—Black

Waxwing is a game design and event company in Chicago.

See more games on Waxwing’s Adventures page.




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Codebreakers is a web-based puzzle hunt designed for Northwestern University’s business incubator, The Garage. Follow the link and see if you can break the code. Warning: you might want to bring some friends along.



The Everlasting Man

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The Riddle of the Everlasting Man is a web-puzzle & art project ruminating on the question of what it means to be human in preparation for the Journey to the End of the Night, a game of robots vs. humans urban tag in September 2012.