Lazy Designer on the Web
Books 1, Book 2 and Book 3 of the Lazy Designer are now available!
Or purchase direct from the author.
For over ten years, Brent Knowles worked as a designer with the RPG game developer, BioWare. Along the way he wrote dialog, scripted levels, wrote design docs and ended up being a Lead Designer on Neverwinter Nights and Dragon Age. He also learned a few things.
The ‘Lazy Designer’ is a collection of his posts related specifically to gaming or game development. These posts are snippets of what will become larger, more detailed chapters — Brent is keeping these posts relatively short to facilitate consumption on the web.
New posts are still being added: subscribe to Brent’s newsletter or follow this blog’s feed to keep up to date.
Book 1 – Getting Started
Getting into the Gaming Industry
Getting Hired in the Game’s Industry — Technical Skills
E-mail Etiquette the CC vs BCC
Sorry I can’t read your story
Loving the Crunch
When People Ignore Email
Game Development Positions Part 1 – Design
Providing Useful Feedback
Book 2 – The Second Game
Building a Shed
Changing Designer Data
Designing Frustration Part 2
Designing Frustration Part 3
Book 3 -In Between Projects
Keep Yourself Busy
Book 4 – Specialists
Give them tools
Creating Emotion in Games – Guilt as Gameplay Mechanic
Hidden Features versus Growing Features
Videogame Level Design
Writing Videogames — Getting the Job
Do Gamers Want Dungeons?
Book 5 – The Manager
The Design Manager
You are Not Smarter Than Them
Videogame Franchises… the slow death?
Pay Pal – Use it please
Harnessing Change and Responding to Change
Building a Team – Passion
Main, Unsorted List
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All posts are copyrighted by Brent Knowles 2009-2010. Excerpts may be posted elsewhere without permission though attribution would be appreciated. Full posts should not be duplicated, without permission.
Feel free to post any comments/suggestions on the series!
If there’s something you’d like to know tell me.
This is pretty outdated, but the video at The Escapists doesn’t work anymore – The link is dead.
Thanks for letting me know.
Seems interesting. I’m in India, can I buy them? They don’t look as eBooks. I want to buy as http://www.VedarthDeshpande.com
Hi Vedarth! They should be available in the Indian Amazon bookstore as separate ebooks. This would be the link to the first book http://www.amazon.in/Start-Career-Game-Design-Designer-ebook/dp/B005KCM7DQ/
(They are in English only though, if that matters)
Also, you could buy PDFs direct via http://lazydesigner.brentknowles.com/
Thanks and have a great day.