Any book is a journey in the writing. I would like to thank all of my family members, friends, and colleagues who have over the years helped me sharpen my thoughts on game design and who urged me, sometimes forcefully, to take this journey. In particular, I’d like to thank Ted Castronova and Jeremy Gibson Bond for their continuous support; my students in the Game Design program at Indiana University for playtesting this book with me; and most of all my wife, Jo Anna, for her unwavering love, support, and inspiration across many years and adventures.

I’d also like to thank Kees Luyendijk for taking on the role of illustrator and early reader for this book, while also being a graduate student! I am grateful, too, to Laura Lewin, ...

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