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A Deck of Fun

Flashcards for seven different taxonomies of fun, play, and games - perfect for designers!




The deck has 64 cards detailing 7 different taxonomies.

Who’s Featured?

Richard Bartle: MUD Player Types from his seminal article, Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades: Players Who Suit MUDs.

Stuart Brown: Types of Developmental Play, Player Personalities. Both of these can be found in his book, Play.

Roger Caillois: 4 Types of Games. From his book, Man, Play, and Games/

CI Company: Types of Fun. One of the more curious entries, a consulting firm’s research results, covered at their website.

Nicole Lazzaro: 4 Keys to Fun. More detailed information can be found at

Mark Leblanc: 8 Kinds of Fun. Based on his work at, with a semantic edit from Extra Credits.


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Average Rating 1 reviews
Publish Date January 18, 2016
Edition First
Department Self Improvement
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Why buy this?

  • Research from psychologists, game designers, + philosophers
  • Popular game/activity examples for each type of fun
  • Great for brainstorming and creating player personas


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