Author Topic: Looking for an online wargame design course  (Read 439 times)

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on: October 21, 2021, 08:31:31 AM
First, I'm not sure if this should be in the "Professional Wargaming" section, as I am not looking for a course on professional wargaming.

What I want:
An online course (audio/podcast, YouTube, etc.) on wargaming design theory and concepts--something that Philip Sabin or someone else who teaches wargame design courses in a university setting might have.

I don't want a podcast discussion (and I know there are plenty on the ACD podcast) about wargame design or professional wargaming, but instead a more structured lecture series. I want to be taught.

Why? Purely for additional perspective as a player and to help fill some time during my "drive time."



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Reply #1 on: October 21, 2021, 08:45:10 AM
First, I'm not sure if this should be in the "Professional Wargaming" section, as I am not looking for a course on professional wargaming.



this might be as good of a place as any, but truthfully, I don't know of anything like that out there


(hmmmmm....  have we just identified a market niche?!?)


There are some of the GUWS lectures that might be worth checking out, but they're video and I would NOT recommend those while driving  :silly:

Specifically, Jim Dietz on dealing with publication and Volko's lectures are all pretty good.

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Reply #2 on: October 21, 2021, 01:20:02 PM
First, I'm not sure if this should be in the "Professional Wargaming" section, as I am not looking for a course on professional wargaming.



this might be as good of a place as any, but truthfully, I don't know of anything like that out there


(hmmmmm....  have we just identified a market niche?!?)


There are some of the GUWS lectures that might be worth checking out, but they're video and I would NOT recommend those while driving  :silly:

Specifically, Jim Dietz on dealing with publication and Volko's lectures are all pretty good.

Thanks. I have listened to/watched some GUWS stuff, and I will browse again to see if there's anything close to what I am looking for.

Of course, if it's on YouTube, I can sideload it into my podcast app (Castro) to listen to it while driving.



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Reply #3 on: October 21, 2021, 02:27:08 PM
The majority of their lectures are focused on the defense & national security realms. There's a healthy dose of academic focused presentations as well.

That said though, there are a handful that are more commercially focused or involved commercial wargame designers who have overlapped in the sharing their thoughts.

Brian Train's lecture is a good one, as is Mike Markowitz's

You might prefer to watch both of those on YouTube though so you get the visuals
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Reply #4 on: October 21, 2021, 06:44:54 PM
One suggestion is Pete Pellegrino's Table Top History YouTube channel. He has a playlist of lectures from last year, most of which are definitely aimed at professional wargame design (although many have what might be useful tips). However, Lecture 6 on Modeling and games, covers some interesting ground in the same way that some other hobby game designers have.



George Phillies has video lectures on Classes in Game Design, Classes on Eurogame Design, and Designing Board Wargames, as well as having written some books with Tom Vassel (and some without Tom Vassel) on game design.

https://www.youtube.com/user/georgephillies/playlists

(I have not watched more than a few of his videos, so I don't know how bad they are.)

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Reply #5 on: November 05, 2021, 10:26:06 AM
Phillies' lectures are okay, though rather old school basic stuff about hex and counter.

I can't remember where I downloaded the slides, but Sebastian Bae's course on wargame design is somthing you want to check out.

Besides that there are some very active game design discord servers where you could ask for info or discuss design ideas or playtest.

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