Interface Basics

Your Machinations Workspace

Your Machinations Workspace is where you’ll create your game designs, set parameters, run simulations and plot results.

🎡 Log in and try out this live tour of the Machinations Interface


From the header you can easily access some of our most important features:

Top Menu

In the top menu you will find everything you could expect from a Docs suite.

File > Open

  1. Team Machinations - is the Team Folder, available with our paid plans

  2. My Machinations - where we store your diagram that are not shared with your team members

  3. Shared with me - a folder for the diagrams to which you've been invited to edit

  4. Templates - where you can find the templates we make public

This should be interesting for both beginner and advanced users. Quickly access a ready-built diagram and investigate see how it works.

🧙♂ It’s a nice way of getting over the empty canvas block every one of us may experience.

💡 Templates cam also be accessible from File > New from Template

The Machinations Panel

Access all Nodes and Connections to drag and drop them onto the canvas.

🦸♀ Pro-tip: Double click Nodes to automatically place & connect them.

Read more on this in Best Practices


My Library

Add systems for easy drag and drop access. Select the Nodes and Connections you’d like added, open the contextual menu and select Add to My Library (see below).


The section in which you'll find public, ready-made systems to get you started. Just drag and drop them onto the Canvas.

Properties Panel


💡 When no component is selected on the diagram, the Functional panel displays the options for changing diagram properties:

  • Time Interval

  • Time Steps Limit - how many steps will Run execute

  • Multiple Run settings

🔧 When components (Nodes & Connections) are selected, the Functional panel displays the properties settings for that component.

Document Settings

Displays info about your diagram:

  • Author

  • Creation date

  • Last change

  • Size

  • Number of components.

Page Setup

Customise how your canvas looks like, to better suite your workflow.

Top bar

Types of Runs (simulations)

Once you have a system diagrammed, in the top bar you can find the diagram's Run Modes you want to perform on the system: Run, Step-by-Step Run, QuickRun or MultipleRun.

Execution Chart

In the bottom of the Canvas, you can reveal the Execution Chart of your diagram, by dragging its edge upwards.