A ludography ( Latin ludus "game, fun, joke, pastime" and graphics from γράφω , gráphō "scratch, paint, write") or playography is a (mostly chronologically ordered) bibliography of the games by a game designer . The concept formation corresponds to filmography and discography .
Ludography is an integral part of a game inventor's biography. It clearly shows the development of his creative work. The ludography is usually limited to games of all kinds that he has devised himself, as well as working on the same. The list of game inventions by an author should contain the following data:
- Title of the game
- Year of first publication
- Year of republication or revised edition
- Originator of the idea, rules and graphic design
- Type of game (e.g .: strategy game, card game, placement game etc.)
- publishing company
- Addressee information regarding age and playing time
The naming of game designers on the game boxes and the rules and regulations did not happen until the late 1970s. From 1983 onwards, the authors met annually at the Göttingen game authors' meeting , also to negotiate their rights and the ludography to which they are entitled, as this is only possible once the names have been published. Since 1991 the game inventors have joined forces in the game designers guild . Most authors' ludography can be found in databases such as Luding or BoardGameGeek .