Dr. Lew Pulsipher started playing boardgames more than 50 years ago. He designed his own games, then discovered strategic "realistic" gaming with early Avalon Hill wargames, and ultimately earned a Ph.D. in military and diplomatic history. His book "Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish” was published in July 2012 by McFarland. http://bit.ly/MSRs8e He contributed to ETC Press' Analog: Tabltop Game Design. Formerly contributing editor to several role-playing game magazines and author of over a hundred game magazine articles, he is designer of Britannia (UK, US, and Germany in separate editions), Dragon Rage, Valley of the Four Winds, Swords and Wizardry, and Diplomacy Games & Variants. Britannia (2nd edition) appeared in 2006, with foreign editions (German, French, Spanish, Hungarian) in 2008. It was described in an Armchair General review of a 2006 edition as "ready to continue on as one of the great titles in the world of games".
Latest published game, Dragon Rage, 2011.
Latest published book, Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish, 2012.
Latest online audiovisual course, Learning Game Design
Also: brief free introduction to game design, Get a Job in the Video Game Industry
Current projects are at PulsipherGames.Com.
Game design blog: http://pulsiphergamedesign.blogspot.com/
Categorizing aspects of game design in groups of two or three frequently promotes critical thinking. Here's one attempt (via a short video) to categorize game players by the nature of the games they prefer.
Categorizing aspects of game design in groups of two or three frequently promotes critical thinking. Here's one attempt (via a short video) to categorize game designers.
As Voltaire said, "A witty saying proves nothing." But some sayings can help people think about something in a new way. So I included in my online audiovisual class Learning Game Design a list of quotations, as a way to break up a long series of videos.
Traditionally, a game designer wanted to put the players of a game “on the horns of a dilemma”, trying to decide between two or more things the player wants to do when he can only do one. Now, that's rarely the goal.
I sometimes see or hear game designers advise novice designers to "play as many games as you can". I disagree. Game designers need to spend their time efficiently, just like anyone else. Playing games (other than their own for testing) is not efficient.
This time the challenge is this: say six words about the role of inspiration in game design.
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Actually, hexes distort in one ...
Actually, hexes distort in one direction, just a lot less than squares do. And there 's also a difference in movement, as in one orientation you have two ways to move forward, and in the 90 degree angle from that you have three ways to move forward. A lot better ...
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Uncertainty is very important to ...
Uncertainty is very important to games, but not to puzzles. In many cases, puzzle-solvers don 't want uncertainty, they want exactly the opposite. They want a dominant strategy, in effect. And that 's why, when they 've found the solution to the puzzle, they stop playing. r n r nMany ...
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Innovation is highly overrated. Innovation ...
Innovation is highly overrated. Innovation depends heavily on what you 're used to, what you 've seen before. Some people might have thought Stratego was innovative when it came out after WW II, but in fact it derives from and is almost identical to a game on the market in ...
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In my online audiovisual Brief ...
In my online audiovisual Brief Introduction to Game Design https://www.udemy.com/brief-free-introduction-to-game-design/ couponCode BriefFreeIntro I sometimes get students who insist that I have no idea what I 'm talking about, because I make the same kind of points that Sarah makes about how difficult it is, how your first game won 't ...
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you embrittle your audience, making ...
you embrittle your audience, making them less and less resilient towards anything at all that may challenge their abilities. In turn you train them to be helpless in the face of adversity. r n r nThat seems to be a description of much of the Millennial generation. It 's hard ...