I’m doing a lot of the programming for a small game project with a local
team. Now that I’m comfortable with C# and XNA, I want to learn more
about game design.
I just ordered a copy of “Fundamentals of Game Design” by Ernest Adams.
It looks like a great book and I can’t wait to dig into it.
Are there any game design books that you guys consider “must reads”?
Some of the game design books look interesting, but the reviews are all
over the place and I’m not sure which ones are the most useful.
Thanks for your help.
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Rules of Play: Game Design
is a great introduction to the field, and looks at all types of games
including board games, card games, video games and sports.
These aren’t books – and you may well already be aware of them – but
I’d also highly recommend Daniel Cook’s blog Lost
Garden, and Ernest Adams’ Gamasutra column
Notebook and “No
(which is essentially a list of common design mistakes).
Fundamentals of Game Design is a great read with plenty of valuable
information, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
Hope that’s helpful! :)
Thanks, Jason. I appreciate the recommendations. I was on the fence
about Rules of Play and hadn’t heard of the Lost Garden yet. Thanks for
The Art of Game Design: Book of Lenses is a must read in my opinion.
More about it in amazon
Thanks for the recommendation, Geoth. What makes it a must read for
Really sorry for the late reply. It’s a great book in my opinion,
because the author goes in great lengths about game design and the best
feature of the book are the small lenses in each chapter, more like tips
and things to keep in mind when designing games that provide a lot of
help. I really liked that book!
Don’t worry about it, Geoth. We’re all crazy busy these days. :-)
Thanks again for the recommendation.
I’d sugget “Game Design - Theory & Practice” by Richard Rouse III.
Take a look at his site:
www.paranoidproductions.com - lot
of interesting articles&papers!
The second edition of the aforementioned book contains the design
document of the 2004 horror game “The Suffering”.
Thanks for the recommendation, Albertone. Wasn’t even aware of that