1st Edition

Level Design Concept, Theory, and Practice

By Rudolf Kremers Copyright 2009
    408 Pages
    by A K Peters/CRC Press

    404 Pages
    by A K Peters/CRC Press

    Good or bad level design can make or break any game, so it is surprising how little reference material exists for level designers. Beginning level designers have a limited understanding of the tools and techniques they can use to achieve their goals, or even define them. This book is the first to use a conceptual and theoretical foundation to build such a set of practical tools and techniques. It is tied to no particular technology or genre, so it will be a useful reference for many years to come. Kremers covers many concepts universal to level design, such as interactivity, world building, immersion, sensory perception, pace, and more, and he shows how to apply these concepts in practical ways, with many examples from real games.

    Introduction to Level Design
    Game Design vs. Level Design
    Teaching Mechanisms
    Level Design Goals and Hierarchies
    Level Design Structure and Methodology
    Single-Player vs. Multiplayer Considerations
    Towards a Shared Grammer for Level

    Emotional Feedback Systems
    Reward Systems
    Negative Emotions

    Game Environments
    Visual Experiences
    Audio Design

    Game Stories
    Story and Narrative

    Designing Gameplay

    World Building
    Artificial Intelligence

    Final Thoughts
    Considering the Future


    Rudolf Kremers

    A book on level design comprehensive and relevant enough that I can recommend it to professional colleagues and students alike. The industry has needed a book like this for years. Kremers leaves no stone unturned, touching upon the relationship between level design and the game’s lighting, audio, story, artificial intelligence, mechanics, puzzles . . . It’s a truly grand task to take in the domain of ‘level design’ and try to wrap it up into a book of manageable length. Kremers has succeeded in doing so, unafraid to mix in the relevant considerations of game design, art, and psychology where applicable.
    —Chris DeLeon, February 2010

    This is not just another book that deals with the discipline of level design. ... This book covers relevant concepts and theories behind designing levels. Instruction in building levels is replaced by fascinating examinations behind the reasons why. 
    —A. Chen, CHOICE Magazine, June 2010