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Session Name: Rules of the Game 2023: Deep Techniques from Distinctive Designers
Speaker(s): Richard Rouse III, Tanya X. Short, Beth LaPense, Richard Lemarchand, Jamie Cheng, Aleissia Laidacker
Company Name(s): FarBridge, Kitfox Games, Twin Suns Corp, USC Games, Klei Entertainment Inc., Open Meta
Track / Format: Design

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Overview: There are the rules that make the game, and then there are the rules that make the game designer. In the popular "Rules of the Game" session, we assemble a group of established and respected game designers with great games under their belt. Each designer then goes in deep on one of the rules they use on their projects, sharing specific techniques that you can use on your own games. This fast-paced and energizing session gives you plenty of "rules" to learn from, each presented in a tight 10-minute talk. These techniques will challenge your way of thinking, expand your toolbox, and in some cases you may even not agree with them. But it's all part of the process of thinking about the process of game design. Coming out of this session, you can go make your own games with the rules you think are most important to who you are as a game designer.

Game Developers Conference 2023

Richard Rouse III


Tanya X. Short

Kitfox Games

Beth LaPense

Twin Suns Corp

Richard Lemarchand

USC Games

Jamie Cheng

Klei Entertainment Inc.

Aleissia Laidacker

Open Meta

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