PRACTICE takes a close look at the concrete challenges of game design, bridging dialogue across industries. Where else can a console developer discuss level design with a tabletop RPG writer? Or an iPhone puzzle creator debate economy balancing with a collectible card game designer? Or a professional sports official share secrets with an experimental indie game artist? No other conference brings together such a diverse group of game designers for high-level dialogue.

We explore the day-to-day, nuts and bolts of game design – where the rubber of design ideas and methods meets the road of meaningful, playable games. Join us for three days of lectures and panels, debates and discussions, mixed with plenty of game-playing and socializing.

Visit the PRACTICE 2018 site here!

The 2018 Conference

Join the best minds in game design this summer, June 21-23, 2018 for three days of talks, discussion, and play. PRACTICE: Game Design in Detail is the NYU Game Center’s annual professional game design conference that brings together videogame designers, board and card game designers, designers of sports and LARPs, and more to discuss the details of our shared game design practice. This year we’re excited to welcome:

Zak McClendon, Project Lead on Psychonauts 2
Adriel Wallick, Organizer of the Train Jam
Joseph White, PICO-8 Creator
Xavier Woods, WWE Star
Allison Parrish, Rewordable Designer
Richard Korzekwa, Bicycle Racing Expert
Avery Alder, experimental RPG designer
Friedemann Friese, Designer of Fauna, 504, Power Grid, and over 50 board games
Liz England, game designer at Ubisoft Toronto


For more info on speakers, schedule, venue, and more visit the PRACTICE 2018 site.


Tickets are available now, and there’s academic and group discounts available. Register before May 21 for early bird prices at every ticket option.

Once again, thanks to the continued support of Games for Change, we’re delighted to be able to again offer sponsored passes. If you need a sponsored pass, please get in touch using this form and let us know. Each request will be reviewed by a small, diverse group of advisors with personal experience supporting and advocating for underrepresented groups. Further details about Games for Change sponsored passes are available here.

Register here for PRACTICE 2018!