The Rules We Break: Lessons in Play, Thinking, and Design


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$29.95  $27.85
Princeton Architectural Press
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7.98 X 9.98 X 0.63 inches | 1.49 pounds

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About the Author

Eric Zimmerman is a game designer and professor of game design at the NYU Game Center, a program he helped design at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in New York City.


"It is marvelous seeing serious thought given to the magic of games rather than just the mechanics. Games can't really be understood without understanding play; and the philosophy of play, and the relationship between play and rules is fascinating. Ultimately, to understand games one has to actually engage with and experiment with them in a playful and introspective way, and that is really what The Rules We Break is all about.
- Richard Garfield, mathematician, inventor, and creator of the card game, Magic: The Gathering

"The Rules We Break is a handbook for the 21st century, where play just happens to be a serious way to learn about--and change--the systems that impact our lives."
- Colleen Macklin, game designer and associate professor of media design at Parsons The New School for Design

"This marvelous book - years in the making - is a treasure trove of design thinking, inspiring reflections, and practical exercises. The Rules We Break belongs on the shelf of every designer and educator."
- Richard LeMarchand, game designer and associate professor, USC Games program