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This book is a key step forward in the effort to develop game design from art to craft and thence to science. -- Raphael "Raph" Koster, Vice President of Creative Design, Playdom/Disney Interactive Characteristics of Games is great fun to read, but thorough and rigorous enough to use as a classroom textbook. If you want to understand the social and mathematical dynamics of multiplayer games, this book is a must have. -- Walker M. White, Director, Game Design Initiative at Cornell, Cornell University Characteristics of Games is a meaningful contribution to the literature of games. It presents a system and dozens of examples of how to break out and analyze game mechanics. This book is an excellent step towards a fuller understanding of how and why games work. -- Jesse Schell, Carnegie Mellon University; CEO, Schell Games

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"This book is a key step forward in the effort to develop game design from art to craft and thence to science."--Raphael "Raph" Koster, Vice President of Creative Design, Playdom/Disney Interactive " Characteristics of Games is great fun to read, but thorough and rigorous enough to use as a classroom textbook. If you want to understand the social and mathematical dynamics of multiplayer games, this book is a must have."--Walker M. White, Director, Game Design Initiative at Cornell, Cornell University " Characteristics of Games is a meaningful contribution to the literature of games. It presents a system and dozens of examples of how to break out and analyze game mechanics. This book is an excellent step towards a fuller understanding of how and why games work."--Jesse Schell, Carnegie Mellon University; CEO, Schell Games

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Skaff Elias is Vice President of Three Donkeys LLC, a game design, development, and consulting company. Richard Garfield, mathematics professor and game designer, is the creator of many card games, including Magic: The Gathering, as well as the board game RoboRally. K. Robert Gutschera is Lead Designer at Secret Identity Studios. Eric Zimmerman is a game designer, game design theorist, and co-founder and CEO of gameLab. He has taught at universities including MIT, the University of Texas, Parsons School of Design, New York University, Rhode Island School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts.

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Many books have been written on the subject of game design over the years, but Characteristics of Games is one of the few that forgoes breadth for depth and takes readers to the next logical step in game design thinking and study. -CHOICE

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