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May 2003

Comprehensive New Book on Game Design Published by International Hobo Consultant

Andrew Rollings and Ernest Adams on Game DesignInternational Hobo Ltd is proud to announce the publication of Andrew Rollings and Ernest Adams on Game Design, by New Riders Games. Rollings & Adams is the companion volume to the highly popular Game Architecture and Design by Andrew Rollings and Dave Morris, itself soon to be released in a new edition by New Riders Games.

Will Wright, creator of The Sims and Sim City, stated: "[This is] a very useful book for anyone working in (or hoping to work in) interactive media. [It approaches] the topic with very practical advice for both new and experienced designers."

Rollings & Adams is divided into two parts. The first part of the book deals with the fundamental principles of game design: concept creation, game worlds, storytelling, user interfaces, character development, gameplay, and core mechanics. The second part examines examine how these elements are implemented in each of the major commercial genres: action, strategy, role-playing, sports, vehicle simulations, construction & management simulations, and adventure games.

Managing Director of International Hobo, Chris Bateman, says that the book contributes a vital step to clarifying the process of design. "Despite the continuing success of the international games industry, there has been a certain lack of comprehension by many people as to the nature and role of the game designer."

Ernest Adams adds, "We felt the time had come for one large volume that would try to cover the subject thoroughly, without digressions into programming or business issues."

The book is 648 pages long and is available at a suggested retail price of $49.99. It may be found on at:

About the authors:

Ernest Adams (co-founder of the IGDA) is a game design consultant for International Hobo Ltd. He has been in the game industry for 14 years, and before working for ihobo was employed as a lead designer at Bullfrog Productions on the Dungeon Keeper series. For several years before that he was the audio/video producer on the Madden NFL Football product line at Electronic Arts.

Andrew Rollings (co-author of the highly successful book Game Architecture and Design) has a B.S. in Physics from Imperial College, London, and Bristol University, and has worked as a technical consultant spanning the games industry and the financial industry since 1995.

Book details:
Title: Andrew Rollings and Ernest Adams on Game Design
ISBN: 1592730019
Publisher: New Riders Games, 1st edition, May 5, 2003
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