Table of Contents – Lazy Designer: How to Start a Career in Game Design

I don’t think I have ever posted the table of contents for any of the Lazy Designer books, so figured I would rectify that now.

Here’s what is inside the first book in the Lazy Designer series.

First, the blurb:

Practical advice on starting a career in the video game industry and improving your design skills. This is your opportunity to learn from the lead designer of such commercial and critically successful video games as Neverwinter Nights and Dragon Age: Origins. Discover how the author started his career, the pitfalls he encountered and how he overcame them. Written by an industry veteran with over ten years experience working for a major games studio.
The Lazy Designer is geared primarily towards those looking to start a career in the games industry. It discusses how to obtain a design position, such as a writer, level designer, or game system designer. Though written specifically for the game designer most of the advice will be of interest to any newcomer to the industry.
Along the way the author explores his own experiences with game development and the difficulties he encountered adjusting to life at his dream job. With practical and blunt advice, the Lazy Designer will give you the skills necessary for becoming a valued, and maybe even essential, member of any development team.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 – Starting Your Career
How to Prepare for a Career in the Games Industry
Caution! Danger Ahead!
Understand What You Enjoy
Teaching Yourself
Learning Technical Skills
Becoming a Writer
The Job Search
The Resume
The Portfolio
The Interview
What Not To Do

CHAPTER 2 – Being better
What to Expect
Work Environment
Task Management
Get Lazy
Technical Skills
Don’t Deliver Low Quality Work
Test Cycle
Purge Thy E-mail
What Did Not Work
Random Bits
Giving and Receiving… Feedback
How to Submit Feedback that Will Make it into the Game and not the Recycling Bin
Don’t Wait for Feedback, Ask for it

CHAPTER 3 – Overcoming Obstacles
The Cost of Videogames
Cool – The Most Dangerous Word in Game Development
Too Many Bees
Communication and Meetings
Communication, In General
The Art of the Meeting
Failing and Fixing
Learn from Rejection
Squashing Bugs
Crunch – Dread Nemesis or Surprise Ally?
Your First Crunch
A Bad Crunch
A Good Crunch?
Thank You!
Further Reference Material
Ten Years At BioWare
Lazy Designer Series
About the Author

And here’s a snippet from a review of the Lazy Designer:

For those considering getting into the Games Development industry, I’d seriously recommend you get your hands on this book. I say this as a Recruitment Consultant who has been asked the question “how do I get a job making computer games?” too many times. Compiled and written by a designer from one of the most well known Game Developers in the industry. It is a refreshing read on how one goes about entering the industry.

Read the rest of Zakaria’s review.

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  • Joseph Solares

    Really interesting stuff for me as I moderate a gaming community and a mobile development app community.

  • Brent Knowles

    Cool, hope it is of use to you!

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  • Harold Gardner

    Sure looks like you have saved tons of work for someone just getting involved in video game productions.

  • Brent Knowles

    I hope so!

  • Shakthi Vadakkepat

    This will be a good resource for newbies to start and ramp up fast! Impressive!

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  • Kevin Morrice

    OK, I’m sold. I bought this edition and intend to read it and share it with my son, who loves Scratch and other design platforms. I’m sure he’s going to love this. Thanks!

  • Brent Knowles

    Thanks, Kevin.

  • Jenn

    Wow, great content and very helpful for those starting out, too! Good luck!

  • Brent Knowles

    Thanks, Jenn.

  • Howard W Bailey

    Again (I reviewed Part 2 first), great outline of the information being presented. Good stuff. Will also send to my game designer son for him to review.