Introduction to How to Write Clear Game Rules

Lewis Pulsipher, Game designer, Teacher, Author

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21 Videos (1h 12m)
    • What's the objective?

      3:25
    • Your #1 opponent: Satisficing

      2:07
    • Never forget your audience

      2:07
    • Write in Plain English

      4:32
    • Put Yourself in the Reader's Place

      3:52
    • "20 dollar" words

      4:19
    • Tone: personal rather than impersonal, active rather than passive active passive

      2:15
    • Sequence of play versus Reference

      2:35
    • Mechanics, Rules, Descriptions - the Difference

      5:08
    • What Rules Length?

      4:40
    • Skimmers

      3:18
    • Too-Concise rules can become Incomplete or Incomprehensible

      3:18
    • Rules on Cards - a "modern" way to avoid long rule booklets

      3:43
    • Drafts drafts drafts

      4:53
    • What you can and cannot legislate against

      6:05
    • "Cheat Sheets"

      1:54
    • Include a Play-through?

      1:28
    • Rules missed section

      2:02
    • Graphics in the rulebook?

      2:36
    • Editors and editing; developers

      4:33
    • Software for writing rules

      3:30