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I found on the internet some free publications about game design.

A serious book for only online reading,

http://www.scribd.com/doc/17663720/The-Game-Inventors-Guideb...

Maybe helpful for beginners like me,(free downloadable)

http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/EDTEC670/slides/Board1.pdf
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/EDTEC670/slides/Board2.pdf

For who wants to design dice games,(free downloadable)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/103089/A-to-Z-of-Dice-Games

You can find something about board game design too,(free downloadable)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/140200/Chris-Crawford-The-Art-of-C...

If you know others I hope you share here.
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eacubukcu wrote:
A serious book for only online reading,


The URL isn't correct:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/17663720/The-Game-Inventors-Guideb...


It also isn't the complete book, there are big gaps in the pages included.

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Thanks for URL error correction.

Only first book is sample pages. Because this is an in print book. But there are some useful information I think.

The others are full documents
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James Dunnigan has posted his entire Wargames Handbook online for free reading.

See:

http://www.hyw.com/Books/WargamesHandbook/Contents.htm

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Steve Cole, designer of Star Fleet Battles and Federation Commander etc. has a book online about running a game publishing company that also has a (short) chapter on designing games.

http://www.starfleetgames.com/book/
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Trials Triumphs and Trivialities by Shannon Appelcline
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http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_101.shtml - Introduction to table top games
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_102.shtml - Components
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_103.shtml - Gameplay
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_105.shtml - Decision Sets
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_106.shtml - Randomness
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_107.shtml - The Settlers of Catan
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_108.shtml - Activity and Timing
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_109.shtml - Victory and Balance
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_112.shtml - Hidden Information
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_113.shtml - A Conclusion
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_116.shtml - Trading Games
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_117.shtml - Card games
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_122.shtml - Remember to Breathe
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_127.shtml - Expansions and Variations
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_140.phtml - Guns and Flaws
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_144.phtml - Auction games
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_149.phtml - Fairness
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_150.phtml - Strategy and Tactics
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_153.phtml - Mechanics and Theme
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_154.phtml - Connection (i.e. Network Building) games
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_155.phtml - Bluffing games
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_156.phtml - Tabletop problems
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_161.phtml - The Auction Grand Unification Theory
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_162.phtml - Majority Control
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_165.phtml - Psychology and the Prisoners Dilemma
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT_172.phtml - Balance and Consistency in CCGs

Indexes located at:
http://www.skotos.net/articles/TTnT.shtml
or http://www.skotos.net/articles/ --> TT&T
(They result in different ranges of articles, for some reason).
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Articles by Jonathan Degann:
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http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/GameTheory1.shtml
http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/GameTheory2.shtml
http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/GameTheory3.shtml
http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/GameTheory4.shtml

Many of the other articles are worth reading too. I remember digging through a lot of them 2-3 years ago.

http://thegamesjournal.com/Archives.shtml#Articles
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Playing to Win by David Sirlin (web book). It's more about the mentality required to play games well than how to design them, but it's useful to have these ideas in mind when designing serious strategy games.

http://www.sirlin.net/ptw
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Thanks for all that links. All of them are nice information source.
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I've made also few posts about designing on my blog, but now i'm to busy to continue. Probably will return when some of my projects will be finished.

It's totally from newbie for newbie.
http://bri-gryplanszowe.blogspot.com/
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Please, Anyone can sent me pdf of "game inventor's guidebook"??????
I can't buy it,cry buy something on internet very strange to me...
Thanks muchhhhhh!!!!!
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thenewman wrote:
Please, Anyone can sent me pdf of "game inventor's guidebook"??????
I can't buy it,cry buy something on internet very strange to me...
Thanks muchhhhhh!!!!!

You're publicly asking anyone to send you a copy of a file which is being sold, because actually paying for it would be "very strange" for you?
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russ wrote:
thenewman wrote:
Please, Anyone can sent me pdf of "game inventor's guidebook"??????
I can't buy it,cry buy something on internet very strange to me...
Thanks muchhhhhh!!!!!

You're publicly asking anyone to send you a copy of a file which is being sold, because actually paying for it would be "very strange" for you?


I'm going to go out on a limb and say that our buddy black jack is too young for a credit card?
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russ wrote:
thenewman wrote:
Please, Anyone can sent me pdf of "game inventor's guidebook"??????
I can't buy it,cry buy something on internet very strange to me...
Thanks muchhhhhh!!!!!

You're publicly asking anyone to send you a copy of a file which is being sold, because actually paying for it would be "very strange" for you?


I'm going to go out on a limb and say that our buddy black jack is too young for a credit card?


I don't know how use "credit card", i am 16, is it ok?
Sorry if this request is wrong...
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thenewman wrote:
kurthl33t wrote:
russ wrote:
thenewman wrote:
Please, Anyone can sent me pdf of "game inventor's guidebook"??????
I can't buy it,cry buy something on internet very strange to me...
Thanks muchhhhhh!!!!!

You're publicly asking anyone to send you a copy of a file which is being sold, because actually paying for it would be "very strange" for you?


I'm going to go out on a limb and say that our buddy black jack is too young for a credit card?


I don't know how use "credit card", i am 16, is it ok?
Sorry if this request is wrong...


Purchasing anything online requires an electronic transfer of money. This is typically done using a credit or debit card, or through a third-party website such as PayPal. If you don't have a credit or debit card, but you DO have a bank account, you can set up a PayPal account and use that to purchase a copy of The Game Inventor's Guidebook.

If you do not have a bank account, you may want to consider opening one with a local reputable bank. This is a great way to build your credit rating, which will help you in the future when you are ready to take out loans for important purchases such as a home or a car. It is also a great way to earn interest on any money you have that you are not currently spending.

I hope that helps!
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