Table of Contents: Lazy Designer Book 2 – Making the Next Game

The other day I posted the table of contents for the first book, so I figured I should do the same for the second! Tomorrow I’ll post the table of contents for Book 3.
Here’s the blurb:

Practical advice for designers already working in the games industry and wishing to hone their skills as well as for those aspiring to such a career.
The author, an industry veteran with over ten years experience (lead designer Dragon Age – Origins) explains how companies decide which videogames to make, how to build designer-friendly game engines and pipelines and how to prototype and test.
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 4: A Beginning
New Game
What Game Will Be Made?
Platform Choice
Digital Rights Management (DRM)
What Game Should *YOU* Make
Originality and Complexity
Bias and Expectation

Chapter 5: Designing Experience
User Interface and Experience
What Should the User Interface Do?
What a User Interface Should Not Do
Player Flow
Changing the Way the Game is Played
Gameplay versus Cinematics
Designing by Data
Pee Happens
Designing Frustration
Game Design Frustrations
When Frustration is Frustrating
Designing Good Frustration
Emotional Narratives and Frustration
Surprise Frustrations
A (Frustratingly Fun) RPG Game Overview

CHAPTER 6 – Building a Game
Engine and Pipeline
New Engine versus Old Engine
Core Pipeline Principles
A Functional Pipeline: Baldur’s Gate 2
Data Management
Storing Data
Data Instance vs Templates
Asset Tracking
Giving Them Tools

CHAPTER 7 – Testing and Prototyping
Prototype Testing
Day to Day Testing
Focus Testing
Beta Testing
After Ship Testing
Testing Tools
Why Prototype?
When to Prototype
How To Prototype?
Who is Involved
Evaluating and Tweaking Your Prototype
Case Studies

CHAPTER 8 – Between Projects
Keeping Busy
Skill Improvement
Post Mortems
Neverwinter Nights
Sifteo Cubes and C#
Final Word about Scripting Languages

And here’s a snippet from a review of the Lazy Designer 2:

No fluff. To the point. This is a great introductory series on how to be a game designer. I only wish Knowles would hurry up and finish the next one.

From Cal’s Review on Amazon.

Also, for this week, “How To Script For Games “(an excerpt from Book 2) is available as a free download from Amazon.

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Related Posts

Table of Contents – Lazy Designer: How to Start a Career in Game Design, The Lazy Designer Book 2 – Update, Lazy Designer Book 2 – Progress Update, Lazy Designer Book 2

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  • @taxterry

    Looks very useful as I discover my interest in gaming is increasing!

  • Miriam Slozberg

    Looks great thanks! I am quite interested in gaming as well.

  • Brent Knowles


  • Brent Knowles

    How it is useful!

  • disqus_qfSubz9Qh8

    Looks interesting

  • Harold Gardner

    I still find myself amazed that you can earn a living with video games…life is so crazy!

  • Shakthi Vadakkepat

    wow! Gaming is complicated!

  • Brent Knowles

    Yeah, kind of :)

  • Kevin Morrice

    I love that you cover every aspect of game design! I”m definitely considering this series for my son. He already loves Scratch.

  • Brent Knowles

    D’oh. In my previous comment I mentioned Scratch, but I see he already uses it!

  • Darren Wall

    If I was a designer I’d probably consider myself to be lazy! It’s great that someone has thought of the likes of me, and then wrote about something interesting that I would be interested in learning :-)

  • Brent Knowles

    :) Lazy is definitely a point of view. When I made games I always wanted to focus on adding the fun elements and not the drudgery of data entry. Whenever a boring task can be minimized to make room for more entertaining tasks, life is good.

  • Howard W Bailey

    A well developed outline, something I am recommending to my son (who is a level-designer in a game Studio he is partners in). Well done!

  • Brent Knowles

    Thanks, Howard.

  • laurinda

    Will be a great book with great guidelines for any game designer. A wonderful resource.