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Chapter One. In the Beginning, There Is the Designer - Pg. 1

ONE CHAPTER In the Beginning, There Is the Designer FIGURE 1.1 Magic Words Would-be designers often ask me, "How do you become a game designer?" And the answer is easy: "Design games. Start now! Don't wait! Don't even finish this con- versation! Just start designing! Go! Now!" And some of them do just that. But many have a crisis of confidence, and feel stuck in a catch-22: If only game designers can design games, and you can only become a game designer by designing games, how can anyone ever get started? If this is how you feel, the answer is easy. Just say these magic words: I am a game designer I'm serious. Say them out loud, right now. Don't be shy -- there's no one here but us. 1