Making Game Prototypes for Playtesting

Lewis Pulsipher, Game designer, Teacher, Author

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7 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Ways of making prototypes

    • 2. Making paper prototypes

    • 3. Making Software Prototypes

    • 4. What tabletop prototypes look like part 1

    • 5. What tabletop prototypes look like part 2

    • 6. Paper prototypes for video wargames

    • 7. Prototype pieces free or cheap


About This Class

If you don't make a prototype, you can't play the game; if you can't play it, it's not a game, is it?

I focus on tabletop prototypes, for the most part, because these are much more useful when you're learning to design.  There are many reasons: one is that you can make them quickly, and change them quickly, compared with software prototypes. Furthermore, if you can first "paper prototype" your video game, you're likely to save a lot of time eliminating what will not work in the game.