KOBOLD Guide to Game Design—Volume 2: How to Playtest and Publish

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Game Design Secrets You Need to Know!

The practical side of success as a game designer is revealed in these dozen essays by two professionals—how to pitch your work, how to survive a killer deadline, how to make an impression with magic items, and even how to set up a mystery. Learn what makes a good playtest, and what makes a design matter to a wide audience.

With insights won from experience in the freelance trenches, this book of advice, tips, and tricks belongs on every designer’s shelf!

This collection of essays—many previously presented only to patrons of Open Design—is now available to the public for the first time.

59 pages.

Wolfgang Baur is the winner of the Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming, the editor-in-chief of Kobold Quarterly magazine, and the author of Dark*Matter, Frostburn, Empire of the Ghouls, and dozens of other RPG titles for Paizo, Wizards of the Coast, Open Design, and others.

Nicolas Logue is a madman and master of the theatre. His credits include work for Paizo’s Pathfinder series, Wizards of the Coast’s 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, and Blood of the Gorgon for Open Design.

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Excellent Resource

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I needed this, I wanted this, and I now have this. For someone who wants to publish his writing, this is a must have resource and I have no doubt that if I follow the advice and information within, I will reach that goal.


Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

If you've been waiting for this PDF... the wait is over!


BAH! And I just placed an order with you guys. :P

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

waiting for the dead tree.

The Exchange Kobold Press

Dead tree edition is en route from the press. Should be here in 10 days.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Where was this at the start of the Beta? :P

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

When you add to your cart "Pre-order Print Edition", it adds it as a PDF Downloadable File. Seems like something wrong here?

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Come to me my little hardcopy minion bwahahaahahahaahah.

Vic, Lisa, Wolfgang, I'm concerned if I wait for the dead tree, I might lose the dead tree Gazetter. Want to make a big Jan purchase all at once ya'know, for shipping and the like.

The Exchange Kobold Press

Not sure what the story is with the preorder/PDF. Maybe Vic can help with that.

Actually, might fix the title, which is actually even longer. It's "Kobold Guide to Game Design, Volume 2: How to Pitch, Playtest, and Publish". I was trying to establish whether Paizo has a character limit for titles....

The print edition of this is due to arrive at Paizo Tuesday, so if you preorder, you won't be waiting long.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Thanks for putting these out, Wolfgang.

I'd asked about Volume One at GenCon this year, but you were all out of hardcopies. And now that I'm about to pick up Volume Two in PDF, it should be that much easier to just grab them both at the same time.

--Neil

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Not sure what the story is with the preorder/PDF. Maybe Vic can help with that.

Actually, might fix the title, which is actually even longer. It's "Kobold Guide to Game Design, Volume 2: How to Pitch, Playtest, and Publish". I was trying to establish whether Paizo has a character limit for titles....

The print edition of this is due to arrive at Paizo Tuesday, so if you preorder, you won't be waiting long.

D'oh! I created the print product in our system by copying the entry for the PDF, and I forgot to change the product type. (You don't actually get the PDF—it's just a display thing... I'm pretty sure.)

I'm out of the office, but I've asked Gary to fix it.

As for the title, if we have a limit, you'd have to work really hard to hit it. However, in this case, I'm pretty sure you just called it "KOBOLD Guide to Game Design—Volume 2," and I snagged the "How to Playtest and Publish" from the cover image.

The Exchange Kobold Press

Ah, my own fault for using the mockup cover rather than the final. Well, I think people have a pretty good idea

And I'll just work harder on the subtitle length next time. I'm a fan of 18th century style subtitles: "Being a cogent description of the ludic arts in several parts, to wit and in descending importance..."


I cannot wait to get my grubby little paws on it. I am still waiting for my dead tree copy of volume one to complete its journey across the pond to me. :(

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

After viewing a friend's copy of the first book (which I am now going to order), all I can say is, "Oh boy, I can hardly wait to get my grubby mitts on this!"

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molrak wrote:
After viewing a friend's copy of the first book (which I am now going to order), all I can say is, "Oh boy, I can hardly wait to get my grubby mitts on this!"

After ordering (and reading, of course) the first book, I'm also eagerly waiting for this one!

Wolfgang, you need to get your kobolds working harder! ;)

The Exchange Kobold Press

I have two co-authors in mind for Volume 3. If even one of them says Yes, I think the next one might be something truly amazing.

Paizo Employee CEO

Hey y'all:

Just wanted to let you know that a limited number of print edition copies of this book are now in the warehouse! Wolf stopped by during his lunch break to drop them off. Enjoy!

-Lisa

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