George Phillies US game design lectures on YouTube

George Phillies has recently retired from lecturing about polymers  and physics but also from running  an interesting course on board games design for video games students courses at Worcester Polytechnic Institute WPI in America

Thankfully you can still see many of his lectures on his Youtube George Phillies channel.

In amongst his Libertarian politics, polymer and statistics lectures are entire lecture courses, lecture by lecture, on Board Game and Board Wargame Design, Designing Euro Games etc.

They are simply filmed, no frills,  stand up and talk lectures, illustrated using only a whiteboard and black marker pens!

This dicetowernews article has the YouTube link embedded.

I found them interesting for looking at the design of different types of games and the sections on Games mechanics, even though I do not play many of the strategy and board games mentioned.

Phillies introduces these games and their mechanics to his video game design students who have to collaboratively design a playable strategy board game as part of their university course.

George Phillies has also published several books on designing wargames or board strategy games with co-author US games designer Tom Vasel, which you can see on his Amazon page, many of them on Kindle editions.

or at the Third Millennium 3M publishing   house

My gaming notebooks are full of bits of George Phillies that might solve a rules mechanism challenge one day. Thanks George.

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN, 1 July 2018.

2 thoughts on “George Phillies US game design lectures on YouTube”

  1. Interesting. Will definitely look into this!

    My own favorite designer-writer is Richard Bartle, a professor at Essex University who in college invented the first multiplayer online game. His focus is on roleplaying games (mostly computer) and to a lesser extent boardgames. I first discovered him through his fanfics of Knights of the Dinner Table RPG cartoons, read some of his humorous fiction and now read his blog regularly. A very wry-British-humour take.

    The writing of his I find most useful is a short post on educational games and how they work. I find it invaluable when trying to promote games at my employment:

    I don’t tend to learn best from textbooks, but incidentally, as he suggests here. Wargames are an excellent way to teach about history. I am seriously thinking about running a simple-game next week for Fourth of July (my plan to have the kids paint the minis will prob’ly fall through as I’m running out of time to find paint and time to basecoat them).


    1. Phillies is a slow burn but a rewarding watch. So many more figure games are now hybrids of board games that it becomes interesting from that perspective. George Phillies knew Gary Gygax and the early fantasy and computer gamers etc. I have not bought his games design books as I have notebooks full from watching his videos. I have tracked down some of the short board games like Carcassone to try out.

      I have not heard of Richard Bartle but will be really interested to read his educational games article. Thanks for the link.

      Best of luck For the Fourth of July mini game – the fastest way to undercoat figures is a spray can primer.

      On my second readthrough of the Twelves book. It improves with rereading. Best wishes Mark.


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