New game design book available
I hope it is not too self-serving to let you know that a new book I've written about learning how to design
games is now available from McFarland & Co Publishers
[http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-6952-9] and from many online sellers such
The title (which I did not select) is "Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish".
My title was "Learning Game Design". It is not written as a textbook with scholarly paraphernalia,
because to me that's the "kiss of death" for any other purpose: no one *wants* to read a textbook, they have
to be forced to. Nonetheless I do have 17,000 classroom hours of teaching experience, a great deal of it
"hands on", practical, rather than theoretical, in computing and in game creation. The book *is* written
for people who want to teach themselves how to design games. The premise is that beginners learn much more
by working with tabletop games, which provide immediate feedback while not requiring specialized
skills such as programming and art.
A detailed Table of Contents is available on the first page at www.PulsipherGames.com .
Half of McFarland's market is libraries, so you might be able to request that your local library get a copy,
if they don't have one.
If you want to know more about me see Wikipedia: "Lewis Pulsipher"; "Britannia (board game)",
www.PulsipherGames.com, or my "Expert Blog" on Gamasutra.
"Dear Mr. Pulsipher,
Just finished your book on tabletop and video games and it was awesome! I appreciate all the great advice and
the realistic expectation level it sets for designers. The supporting website is so helpful. Thank you so
much for taking the time to do this book and sharing your knowledge and experience.
Lewis Pulsipher, Ph.D. (military and diplomatic history, Duke University)
·designer of Britannia (1986 etc.), Dragon Rage (1982 and 2011), Valley of the Four Winds (1980), Swords &
Wizardry (1979), Law & Chaos (Mayfair), etc.
·Wikipedia: "Lewis Pulsipher"; "Britannia (board game)"; "Archomental"
·Author of "Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish", August 2012
·contributor, "Tabletop Analog Game Design," "Hobby Games: the 100 Best," "Family Games: the 100 Best,"
·17,000 classroom hours of teaching experience (college and graduate)
·twitter: <at> lewpuls
·Game design blog: http://pulsiphergamedesign.blogspot.com/ and http://boardgamegeek.com/blog/435/pulsipher-game-design
·Teach game design blog: http://teachgamedesign.blogspot.com
·"Expert blogger", Gamasutra: http://gamasutra.com/blogs/LewisPulsipher/774/
·former contributing editor, White Dwarf, Dragon, Space Gamer, etc.
·former publisher, Supernova, Blood and Iron, Sweep of History, etc.
Designer Resources - http://boardgames.about.com/od/inventorresources/
BoardGameDesign - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BoardGameDesign/