Howard to speak at East Coast Games Conference

Jeff Howard, Assistant Professor of Game Development and Design at Dakota State University will speak at the 6th annual East Coast Games Conference (ECGC), on April 24, in Raleigh, N.C.  His talk is entitled "Game Magic: A Designer's Guide to Constructing Magic Systems," and he’s giving the talk to promote his book, Game Magic: A Designer's Guide to Magic Systems in Theory and Practice, which is being released on May 6.

Howard’s presentation will help video game designers and developers construct richer and more engaging magic systems. 

“All magic systems are essentially languages, and designers can improve their magic systems by enriching their vocabularies and grammars to go beyond the clichéd ‘throw fireball,’” stated Howard. 

“Developers can draw inspiration for their magic systems by triangulating game magic between the fictive magic of epic fantasy and the occult magic of religion and mythology.” 

The largest event for video game professionals on the East Coast, the ECGC is a two day event that offers an engaging program and opportunities for networking and collaboration. It is a highly prestigious meeting of game designers and developers. This year the keynote speakers include internationally celebrated game designer, and former Nanocon speaker, Ken Rolston, as well as acclaimed narrative designer Mary de Marle.  The conference speakers are all well-known designers, developers, and academics from a variety of companies and institutions, including Ubisoft and Epic Games. 

In 2013, more than 1,300 people attended ECGC, with an even bigger attendance expected this year. For more information, go to:

For more information about Howard’s new book, go to

Last Updated: 4/21/14