Fiction by

Brent Knowles

novel & story collections

How to Start a Career in Game Design

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Practical advice on starting a career in the video game industry and improving your design skills. This is your opportunity to learn from the lead designer of such commercial and critically successful video games as Neverwinter Nights and Dragon Age: Origins.

Lazy Designer Series (Basic)

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All Five Books... Over 500 pages! The Complete Lazy Design Collection, from starting a career to becoming a design lead.

How to Make the Next Game

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The author, an industry veteran with over ten years experience (lead designer Dragon Age Origins) explains how companies decide which videogames to make, how to build designer-friendly game engines and pipelines and how to prototype and test.
Along the way the author explores his own experiences with game development and the difficulties he encountered adjusting to life at his dream job. With practical and blunt advice, the Lazy Designer will give you the skills necessary for becoming a valued, and maybe even essential, member of any development team.

How to Design Gameplay and Exploration

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Brent Knowles continues his Lazy Designer series with a look at exploration and gameplay. From environment design to combat to building rule systems, Brent examines how to craft quality design. Includes practical advice for designers already working in the games industry and wishing to hone their skills as well as for those aspiring to such a career.

How To Design Story and Build Worlds

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Learn to craft interactive worlds, write non-linear narrative, and create characters that players care about. Games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age resonate with game players around the world. This is your opportunity to learn the process behind creating such rich experiences.

How to be a Lead Designer

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This standalone volume in the Lazy Designer series provides insights on becoming an effective lead designer or creative director. Learn to manage large teams of specialized designers, improve your decision making process, and write clear and usable documentation.

An Author To Watch

Other stories though - "Mama" and "The Mogul's Wife" - are close to perfect in the way they provide enough detail so you understand the world of the story, and why the characters act as they do. Both these stories and "Fleshsmith" also describe intriguing possible future/alternative worlds.

Mama | Amazon Reviewer

I would recommend this to anyone.

I really enjoyed reading Feast War. I have to say in the beginning was a little worried if I would like it. However, as I continued to read it I found that I couldn't put it down. This is the story about John and how he became the Wanderer. I would recommend this to anyone.

Feast War | Nancy

Almost...human in intelligence.

A bit chilling, to imagine we could not only bring life to computer programs, but also TORTURE them. Quite a new twist on the singularity. Might make you consider A.I. rights, even as we merely approach that future.

Digital Rights | Dionne

thoroughly enjoyed it

There are books that make a reader think, "I could have written that." Then, there are books like these that make a reader sigh and say, "I wish I'd written that."

Digital Rights | Amazon Reviewer

Great read

Nicely written, good story, great imagination about the road humanity might travel in the future. I would recommend this book.

The Pool | Amazon Reviewer

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