How to create a multiplayer game that people actually play

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At Lost Garden, game developer Dan Cook, known for puzzle game Triple Town and dogfighting game SteamBirds, has laid out an exhaustive guide to multiplayer design, breaking down the core concepts and techniques behind creating something that people will want to come back to. 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