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Bernie De Koven
BornBernard Louis De Koven
October 15, 1941(1941-10-15)
Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedMarch 24, 2018(2018-03-24) (aged 76)
Pen nameMajor Fun, General Fun
OccupationGame designer, writer, humorist, fun theorist
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materVillanova University
Notable work(s)The Well Played Game
Notable award(s)1967 Rockefeller Fellowship (playwriting)
2006 Iffil-Raynolds award
Spouse(s)Rosanne "Rocky" Friedlander (m. 1966–present) «start: (1966)»"Marriage: Rosanne "Rocky" Friedlander to Bernie De Koven" Location: (linkback:[1]
ChildrenShael, Elyon Avram Micah[1]


Bernard Louis De Koven or DeKoven (October 15, 1941 – March 24, 2018)[1] was an American game designer, author, lecturer and fun theorist.[2] He was most notable for his book The Well Played Game, for his works to the New Games Foundation,[3] his work in computer game design,[4] and for his long-running web site,


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 De Koven, Elyon. "DeKoven Family Tree". Paging the DeKoven family. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  2. Wilson, Douglas. "Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now: On Self-Effacing Games and Unachievements." Game Studies. Vol.11, Iss.1. February 2011. ISSN 1604-7982
  3. Pearce, Celia; Tracy Fullerton; Janine Fron; and Jacquelyn Ford Morie. "Sustainable Play: Toward A New Games Movement For The Digital Age." Games and Culture. Vol.2, No.3. Pp.261-278. July 2007. ISSN 1555-4120
  4. Thomsen, Michael. "Review: The Smithsonian Celebrates Video Games - America's first art museum and The Art of Video Games." IGN. 30 March 2012

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