walterbd

Dabbling in Design

Game Design

Im someone who programs video games as a hobby, so i know a thing or two about that style of game design. a friend of mine plays a lot of board games as a hobby, so we thought we would join forces to make a mega-hobby! (board game design)

I decided to start this thread as a potential Hub for game designers on the site. Do any of you have advice on starting board game design that could be helpful to us or others? got any litterature or analyses youd like to share?

Please reply with everything below!!

(To any fellow devs who stumble on this in the future: i hope this thread comes in useful!!)

6 points by walterbd - updated 9 months ago | 19 comments | report | subscribe

trentellingsen Supporter13 months ago | 4 points[-]

A book that helped with my game design was recommended by Mark Rosewater called A Whack on the Side of the Head. It's a book on creativity. It's a little tough to read at some points but the content is great.

zerotozero 13 months ago | 4 points[-]

That is a great name for a book.

trentellingsen Supporter13 months ago | 2 points[-]

The follow up book is called A Kick in the Seat of the Pants.

zerotozero 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

At first glance I thought you were taking a Sinatra route with that.

walterbd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

"Aint that a kick in the head?" was Dean Martin though.. right? maybe its just the version that always comes to mind haha

zerotozero 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

Depends on how you look at it. The line was given by Sinatra in a movie with both of then in it that was filmed a year before Dean Martin's album came out.

walterbd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

that's a fun bit of trivia. thanks!

zerotozero 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

The movie was Some Came Running and it goes deeper since that movie is based off of a book. No idea if that line was in it or not.

walterbd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

Ill be sure to check it out! but out of curiosity: what makes it tough to read?

trentellingsen Supporter13 months ago | 1 point[-]

Just the writing itself. It's clear the author is a great thinker but the writing is a bit choppy in my opinion.

walterbd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

Ah that's unfortunate. Still, it'll be good to dig into when i get a chance.

trentellingsen Supporter13 months ago | 1 point[-]

Yes, it's still well worth reading.

RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

Are you working on a game now? It'd be fun to see a prototype if you have something.

walterbd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

We are! though we have gotten busy recently so progress is slow. The prototype consists of about 200 index cards, some folded and cut to different sizes. all scribbled on with necessary information and edits

RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

Sounds great! It's such a fun stage of the process.

Markus 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

I've just got Rules of Play from the library. Since I just started reading, I can't talk about its quality, but it's been mentioned several times on Ludology, so there's that.

walterbd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

Great! I'll check it out. what is Ludology?

Markus 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

I'd say it's the best podcast out there: http://ludology.net/

You should definitely check it out, especially since you're interested in game design.

walterbd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

great! always looking for new podcasts to fill the space with!