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      Download the Game Design and Indie Game Marketing Freebook   07/19/17

      GameDev.net and CRC Press have teamed up to bring a free ebook of content curated from top titles published by CRC Press. The freebook, Practices of Game Design & Indie Game Marketing, includes chapters from The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, and An Architectural Approach to Level Design. The GameDev.net FreeBook is relevant to game designers, developers, and those interested in learning more about the challenges in game development. We know game development can be a tough discipline and business, so we picked several chapters from CRC Press titles that we thought would be of interest to you, the GameDev.net audience, in your journey to design, develop, and market your next game. The free ebook is available through CRC Press by clicking here. The Curated Books The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, Second Edition, by Jesse Schell Presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, anthropology, and more. Written by one of the world's top game designers, this book describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design, demonstrating how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in video games. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again. View it here. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, by Joel Dreskin Marketing is an essential but too frequently overlooked or minimized component of the release plan for indie games. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing provides you with the tools needed to build visibility and sell your indie games. With special focus on those developers with small budgets and limited staff and resources, this book is packed with tangible recommendations and techniques that you can put to use immediately. As a seasoned professional of the indie game arena, author Joel Dreskin gives you insight into practical, real-world experiences of marketing numerous successful games and also provides stories of the failures. View it here. An Architectural Approach to Level Design This is one of the first books to integrate architectural and spatial design theory with the field of level design. The book presents architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work. It connects architecture and level design in different ways that address the practical elements of how designers construct space and the experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space. Throughout the text, readers learn skills for spatial layout, evoking emotion through gamespaces, and creating better levels through architectural theory. View it here. Learn more and download the ebook by clicking here. Did you know? GameDev.net and CRC Press also recently teamed up to bring GDNet+ Members up to a 20% discount on all CRC Press books. Learn more about this and other benefits here.
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I follow the Facebook GD page and enjoy some of the informational articles shared.

Excellent!  Let us know if there's anything in particular you want us to look for, or if you want to see more or less coverage of certain topics! :)


I haven't seen these anywhere on the site, can we start posting them somewhere?

It's still heavily under construction, but depending on the content links to some articles might fit into our new indie resources section.  


You could also contact the original author and ask if they would consider submitting their content as an article here!  We've tried to make the process fairly simple, we're more than happy for authors to link back to their original articles (therefore potentially driving traffic back to their own site), and we welcome the inclusion of a short author bio in which they may link to their latest projects, personal blogs, or whatever they like.  As long as there's a readily accessible method of contact I usually make such a request whenever I share a resource via the Facebook page, but additional requests from community members (without harassing anyone of course!) can only help to persuade those who might be hesitant, or to encourage and remind those who are happy to do so but might put it pretty low on their to-do lists.


Other than that, if you feel an article is particularly relevant to one of our forums you could contact the moderator of that forum to see if they think it might be prudent to include a link in the forum faq or "getting started" block for that forum, or you're always welcome to start discussion topics linking to off-site resources you find interesting.




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