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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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  1. [quote name='Tom Sloper' timestamp='1345210468' post='4970540'] There is no catch to doing research and educating yourself on what catches there are in jumping into business. You should have started researching the business aspect before starting your game (rather than waiting until it's almost finished). [/quote] I was expecting that kind of answer. Of course not, i can do a research on that topic, but i wanted to ask here because i know you are experienced in that field of work. Isn't it better to read something that a person who went through same thing wrote rather than reading a bunch of "how to's" and "why do's" articles? I wanted to hear from a developer point of view, is game publisher necessary or not. And as topic title says, i need advice not lecture. Thank you.
  2. Thank you for replying. I've read the articles you gave me and they really are helpful. We are more developers then PR's and advertisers so there is a good chance that we'll go with publishers. Before i sail into those waters i wanted to ask you Is there any catch i should be aware of?
  3. Hello Me and my friends developed a browser game which we plan to launch in couple of weeks. We have the main site, forums and wiki page and im afraid we won't have time to keep all that updated. The game probably needs to be fixed and improved on some areas, which will greatly take our time. Our primary language is not english, and since the game is written in english it would be highly unprofessional to respond to someone with bad grammar. So i wanted to ask you about game publishers. Is that their job? To respond to general public, advertise the game and so on. And one more thing, do i need a publisher? Thank you in advance.