Hey! I wrote a book!

Some readers may be aware that I’m not only the lead designer here at Dinofarm Games, but I also write for a few other sites, most notably Gamasutra.  What you might not have known is that I am now an actual author of an actual book!  Huzzah!

My first book, Game Design Theory:  A New Philosophy for Understanding Games, just went up and is available for pre-order from Amazon.com.  There’s no e-book version yet, so if you want one definitely click on the button on the left that says “I’d like to read this book on the Kindle”.

Anyhow, this book is the culmination of about a decade of work in developing and honing my own philosophy of what games are, how they work, and how we can do them better.  As I talked about on last week’s podcast, I think that the current status of games – particularly digital games – is extremely unhealthy.  I think we’re extremely misguided on a few key fundamental ideas.  Because of this, my book seeks to break down the current understanding and then rebuild a new possible future.  I hope that designers and players alike will get something out of it, even if they don’t agree.

And by the way, did I mention that it has a foreword written by Dr. Reiner Knizia?  I consider him to be probably the world’s greatest game designer, so that’s pretty great!


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keithburgun • 08/03/2012

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  1. embarrassing 08/03/2012 - 7:00 pm Reply

    When you do the e-book, can you put it on google play store as well.

    • keithburgun 08/03/2012 - 7:04 pm Reply

      I’ll look into it!

  2. Hedrengo Forsythe 08/04/2012 - 1:06 am Reply

    £25 for 188 pages? That’s taking the piss, mate.

    • keithburgun 08/04/2012 - 1:59 am Reply

      I didn’t price it. I also wish it was less, but this is determined by the publisher. It will become cheaper as time goes on. Sorry!

  3. Bo 08/04/2012 - 7:37 am Reply

    I didn’t find the Kindle button on that page, but I’d definitely like an ebook of this.

  4. Arthur 08/04/2012 - 2:31 pm Reply

    I’d love to get it but the price is too steep for me!
    An Ebook version would be great (since they are usually cheaper) and I couldn’t find the button that you mentioned :/

    • keithburgun 08/05/2012 - 7:47 am Reply

      It’s on the left, just under the image.

  5. Raoni 08/05/2012 - 7:30 am Reply

    what about realease date?

    • keithburgun 08/05/2012 - 7:47 am Reply

      August 10.

      • Raoni 08/05/2012 - 8:37 am Reply


  6. Kdansky 08/05/2012 - 4:57 pm Reply

    What kind of format is the thing? Paperback or hardback or oversized paperback?

    • keithburgun 08/05/2012 - 5:14 pm Reply

      To be perfectly honest, I don’t know. It is paperback, I know that much, but I’m not sure about the size. I’ll see if I can find out for you.

  7. DoberFrann 08/14/2012 - 8:29 pm Reply

    A chance on iBook Store?

    • keithburgun 08/14/2012 - 9:25 pm Reply

      Working on it. If you want one, click on the link underneath the book’s cover that says you want a digital copy.

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