Explaining Intellectual Property to Aspiring Game Designers (Game Design 107)

Lewis Pulsipher, Game designer, Teacher, Author

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4 Videos (32m)
    • What is intellectual property (IP)

    • Protecting your game design IP

    • Games Patents: a waste of your money

    • Using someone else's IP


About This Class

Often, an aspiring game designer, not having a clue about how intellectual property works, more or less writes "noob" all over him- or her-self through statements about IP that reveal their ignorance.

I am not a lawyer, but I've licensed games to publishers, had games published, taught game development in college, listened to lawyers giving presentations about game IP, and generally have kept up with the intellectual property aspects of game publishing.

There's a lot of misinformation floating around, even though the correct information isn't hard to find, if you're willing to work at it.

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This is great for aspiring game designers! The teacher is clear and concise and the information is valuable. Especially if you've considered patenting your game design!





Lewis Pulsipher

Game designer, Teacher, Author

Dr. Lewis Pulsipher (Wikipedia: "Lewis Pulsipher"; "Britannia (board game)"; "Archomental" ) is the designer of half a dozen commercially published boardgames. His game "Britannia" is described in an Armchair General review "as one of the great titles in the world of games." Britannia was also one of the 100 games highlighted in the book "Hobby Games: the 100 Best". He has over 17,000 classroom hours of teaching experience including teaching video game design and production, and over 20 years of part-time graduate teaching experience.

His book "Game Design: How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish" (McFarland) focuses on practical advice for beginning game designers, about how you actually create and complete game designs. He also contributed to the books "Tabletop: Analog Game Design," "Hobby Games: the 100 Best," "Family Games: the 100 Best." His game design blog has been active since 2004, and he is a contributor and "expert blogger" on Gamasutra.com, the #1 site for professional video game developers.

His latest published game is the 2015 "Sea Kings", a Viking adventure game. Three new versions of Britannia, including a 90-120 minute version and a diceless version, are forthcoming.

Lew has a Ph.D. in military and diplomatic history from Duke University, from ancient days when degrees in media, computer networking, or game design did not exist--nor did IBM PCs. In 2012 he was a speaker at the East Coast Game Conference, PrezCon, Origins Game Fair, and World Boardgaming Championships. Long ago he was contributing editor for White Dwarf and Dragon magazines, and publisher of various game fanzines.

Website: http://pulsiphergames.com
Game design blog: http://pulsiphergamedesign.blogspot.com/ and http://boardgamegeek.com/blog/435/pulsipher-game-design
Teach game design blog: http://teachgamedesign.blogspot.com
"Expert blogger", Gamasutra: http://gamasutra.com/blogs/LewisPulsipher/774/
former contributing editor, White Dwarf, Dragon, Space Gamer, etc.

Recent Interviews with Lew:

Boardgame University #27 (with Tom Vasel, audio): http://boardgameuniversity.libsyn.com/ 

Designer Spotlight (with Jason Levine, video)): http://www.dicetower.com/game-video/jason-levines-designer-spotlight-lewis-pulsipher

RPG Review (with Lev Lafayette, text): http://rpgreview.net/node/176