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Modern Perspectives on Game Design

By George Phillies and Tom Vasel

Published by George Phillies at Smashwords

Copyright 2012 by George Phillies, and Tom Vasel

All Rights Reserved

Smashwords Edition, License Notes

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The series Studies in Game Design presents serious analyses of important topics in the design of games. George Phillies, Professor in the Worcester Polytechnic Institute program in Interactive Media and Game Development, serves as Series Editor. Professional book length contributions are invited.

Current titles in this series are

1 - Designing Modern Strategy Games

2 - Modern Perspectives on Game Design

Anticipated future titles include Stalingrad for Beginners, Stalingrad - Intermediate Strategy and Wargame Design.


Modern Perspectives in Game Design is the second edition of Phillies and Vasel’s 2006 book Contemporary Perspectives in Game Design. There are two major changes from the first edition. First, we have added a recent syllabus for one cycle of Professor Phillies’ university course “Design of Tabletop Strategy Games”. We hope that this addition will be helpful for university instructors trying to plan their own games. Second, a new chapter by Phillies The Six Elements of Game Design has been added to the text. In addition, videotapes of Phillies’ lectures in his game design course are available on YouTube on the GeorgePhillies channel.

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