Learning Game Design: Part 1
What you'll learn
- Learn the fundamentals of game design - any kind of game
- Learn to avoid false assumptions that many beginning designers believe
- Learn a process and structure for designing games
- Learn what makes a game "good"
- Learn the vital importance of repeated playtesting and modification, the "heart" of game design
- Create and COMPLETE a game. This is likely to take a long time, likely much longer than it takes to go through the course lectures
- And much more . . .
- A familiarity with many kinds of games. If you think Monopoly is a good game, you have a very long way to go
- An open mind. If you think you know it all, you probably won't like what I have to say
- Being a "bad-dude gamer" or expert game player *not* required - game design is a different set of skills!
- No programming or other technical skills necessary
[Note: This course exists because my original course "Learning Game Design: as a job or a hobby" more than doubled in size over time, becoming much too large for Udemy's new structure. That massive course is no longer available, instead there is "Learning Game Design" parts 1 and 2. As with that original course, this one is not subject to massive discounts, which only serve to offend those who paid full or near-full price.]
This pair of "Learning Game Design" courses is designed for people who want to design
games - video or tabletop - but lack information about what is really
involved and how to go about it. It's not rocket science, but
commercial design is a JOB - one that cannot be done by rote, there is
no "Easy Button". I'm not here to encourage you, or entice you, or entertain you,
I'm here to inform you. I assume you have the motivation to learn how
to design games, you just need to know how. And that means you need to
do it from start to finish, to complete games rather than merely start
We'll discuss the process of game design, the possible structures in games, the best way to start learning game design, what makes a game good (there's a great variety of opinion about this), ways to provide a framework for your design efforts, ways to keep records of your work, software to help you learn. Many aspiring game designers have crippling misconceptions (such as the notion that it's all about a great idea, or that everyone likes the same games they do), and I'll try to clear those out of your way.
This is not a "comprehensive" series because there's no such thing. It is a pair of courses about learning game design. Learning is a process that goes on throughout a game designer's career, and it starts here.
This class will never be offered for free or at very deep discounts. That is disrespectful to me and to the students who pay full price or near it.
Keep in mind, this course is not about game development, that is, not about programming, art, sound, and so forth. It is only about game design.Most so-called "game design" courses are actually about game development, with just a little game design involved.
Following are comments from people who took the original course "Learning Game Design: as a job or a hobby":
Great course! Good for the starter like myself :)
Currently I follow this course (at 75% so far) and its a great course for beginner game designers like myself. The course is not a 1 click button and after your a game designer no (please send message if you found that course btw) but it gives a good frame work, hand outs, ideas and background about both video games and tabletop games.
So if you wanted to start with game design this is a great first step.
The teacher is clear and good to follow ( I am a student from The Netherlands and got no problem following this course). Also the course got some assignment I strongly recommend doing them I finaly found out why I Hate Monopoly :)
Cheers all hope this was usefull,
Designs In Creative Entertainment, LLC.
An ideal introduction to game design
Dr. Pulsipher distills the critical elements of designing games into manageable chunks. This is an ideal course to take if you are interested in designing games, regardless of whether you intend to pursue it as a career or not.
Much of the material covers the specifics of the process of game design, but there is alot of prime advice to be had in the lectures on creating the right conditions for quality feedback and on understanding the realities of the publishing business.
A must-have certification if you're serious about designing, and I'd say, even publishing games!
Pull Back the Curtain on the Game Design Process
I know that in the past there's only been a couple of times that I managed to blunder into some sort of prototype, but I had no clue as to what I was doing that was different than usual. Well... the material in this course nails down precisely what to do to get over that initial hump. It can save you from countless false starts and dumb ideas. And unlike other commentary on the design process, Dr. Pulsipher provides a whole menu of things that you can do in each phase of development.
This material reveals more of the dials and knobs of gaming than I even knew existed. And being aware of these things was enough to shift me from having an occasional promising idea to having more ideas than I know what to do with. Even just playing new games now, I cannot help but see "behind the curtain" and into the dilemmas the designers were facing. If you care about game design and actually do the work that this course entails, you are in for a profoundly illuminating experience.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants help in designing games, professionally or as a hobby
Dr. Lewis Pulsipher (Wikipedia: "Lewis Pulsipher"; "Britannia (board game)"; "Archomental" ) is the designer of approaching a dozen commercially published boardgames. His game "Britannia" is described in an Armchair General review "as one of the great titles in the world of games." Britannia was also one of the 100 games highlighted in the book "Hobby Games: the 100 Best". He has over 17,000 classroom hours of teaching experience including teaching video game design and production, and over 20 years of part-time graduate teaching experience.
His book "Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish" (McFarland) focuses on practical advice for beginning game designers, about how you actually create and complete game designs. He also contributed to the books "Tabletop: Analog Game Design," "Hobby Games: the 100 Best," "Family Games: the 100 Best." His game design blog has been active since 2004, and he is a contributor and "expert blogger" on Gamasutra, the #1 site for professional video game developers.
His latest published game is the 2021 reissue of Britannia along with a new game, "Duel Britannia" for two players. His Viking adventure game "Sea Kings" was published by Worthington in August 2015, along with Hastings 1066 and Stalingrad Besieged (2021) by the same publisher.
The video game "Lew Pulsipher's Doomstar" on Steam in September 2016.
Lew has a Ph.D. in military and diplomatic history from Duke University, from ancient days when degrees in media, computer networking, or game design did not exist--nor did IBM PCs. In 2012 he was a speaker at the East Coast Game Conference, PrezCon, Origins Game Fair, and World Boardgaming Championships. Long ago he was contributing editor for White Dwarf and Dragon magazines, and publisher of various game fanzines. In 2013 he was an Industry Insider Guest of Honor at GenCon.
Game design blog and teach game design blogs are on blogspot
YouTube channel "Game Design"
former contributing editor, White Dwarf, Dragon, Space Gamer, etc.
former publisher, Supernova, Blood and Iron, Sweep of History, etc.
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