Making "Headless" Multiplayer Games

Making "Headless" Multiplayer Games

Creating "Content-as-a-Service" (CaaS) Multiplayer Games Using a 5-Ring Architecture

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This book includes "Headless Game Design" and implementation chapters using any JavaScript Gaming Frameworks with examples from the Phaser JS Gaming Frameworks for the front- and Content-as-a-Service back-end development. It is a Book of 5 Rings "Headless Game Design" using "HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and SQL". It further analyzes several freely available Content-as-a-Service back-end servers and supporting middleware (such as PHP, Python, and several open source Content Management Systems). This workbook takes you step-by-step into the creation of my popular Massively Multiplayer Online Game (mmog) as a profitable business adventure - none of this theoretical, local workstation proof of concept "cruft" you find in many currently available tutorials and books! It uses any popular JavaScript Gaming Framework -- not just limited to Phaser.JS!! -- on the client-side browser interfacing into a unique, server-side, application using WebSockets. You won't find popular solutions that simply do NOT work in the cloud. It is the only book of its kind since December 2013 for the Phaser Gaming Framework!

  • Part I leads you through the world of networks, business consideration, MMoG analysis and setting up your Game Studio Workshop. I have 40 years of networking career experience in highly sensitive (i.e., Government Embassies) data communications. I am a certified Cisco Academy Instructor and have taught networking, networking security, game design/development, and software engineering since 2006 at the college level.  
  • Part II Guides you into Multi-player Online Game architecture contrasted to a normal single-player games. This lays the foundation for Multi-Player Game Prototypes and reviews a missing aspect in current MMoG development not seen in many online tutorials and example code. 
  • Part III contains several chapters focused on production and development for both the client-side code, client-proxy, server-side code, Content-as-a-Service (CaaS), "headless game design" and MMoG applications. This content sets the foundation for what many Phaser tutorials and Phaser Starter-Kits on the market today overlook and never tell you! Upon completion of Part III, you will have your own bespoke MMoG with integrated micro-service, and if you choose, web workers and block-chain.
  • Part IV (Bonus Content) This section includes proprietary Game Rule Books and EULA source code included as a part of your book's purchase. It is also available separately at
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Stephen Gose
Stephen Gose

Avatar is an adorable cartoon sketch of my wife. 46th anniversary this coming Sept 1, 2024!

Stephen Gose, Ph.D. Information Systems (honorary) (and second-generation German) is a retired Professor Emeritus with a 41-year career as a certified network engineer, and "Certified Cisco Academy Instructor" (CCAI) since 2002. He is listed in the Who's Who for Information Technology for his directly-related work for the Internet backbones found in the Caribbean, Netherlands, Israel, and Russia. He was awarded "Letters of Appreciation" from AT&T, and the German, Israeli, Dutch, and Russian Governments. Steve has nearly three decades of international "teaching and conference lecturing" in both Local-Area and Wide-Area Networks, network security, Internet backbones, software engineering, and program/project management. He is a retired US Army Signal Corps Officer. He earned, in 2014, the ITT Technical Institute's "Instructor of the Year" out of 8,000 instructors across 144 campuses throughout the USA. 

He graduated from Grand Canyon University with his first B.A. in Religions and Music Education, then a B.S. in Business Admin. from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A in International Management from Liberty University.

He is currently pursuing his Th.D. He has served as a licensed minister since 1972 and as a missionary to Okinawa, Japan. He earned the US Army Chaplains Outstanding service award in 1983. 

In his spare time(?), Steve enjoys creating online casual games, software engineering, and managing his online gaming businesses. 

My driving theme: "Always stay humble and kind"

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Carl Smotricz
Carl Smotricz

B.S. Computer Science & Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Maryland (Verified Purchase & read)

The author knows his stuff about networking technologies. So this book presents a wealth of info on how to connect game clients and servers over networks. It's a bit too deep for some readers! But for the more practically minded, it advocates recent technologies and provides a lot of links to toolkits, libraries, and other tutorials. Many gaming how-to books give the impression that the author wants to make a quick buck, but this book feels like the author genuinely wants to make us smarter.

Table of Contents

    • Distribution Permission
      • Supporting website
    • Forwards
    • Disclosures
    • Disclaimer
    • About this Workbook:
      • Viewing the Source Code
      • Links and References
      • Who should use this workbook?
      • Your newly obtained skills…
    • Game Design System™
      • Game Studio - Book Series
      • Game Studio - Online Courses
      • “Making Browser Games” - Books Series
      • “Making Browser Games” Series - online Courses
      • Programming Courses
      • “Walk-Thru Tutorial” Series - Online Courses
  • Part I: Network Concepts and Design
  • Part II: MMoG Architecture
  • Part III: Production & Development
  • Part III: Production & Development
    • 1 Client-side Tutorial
    • 2 Server-side Tutorial
      • 2.1 Chapter Summary
    • 3 MMoG App Engine Servers
      • 3.1 Learning from others
      • 3.2 Chapter References
    • 4 Walk-through Tutorial: SCA Virtual Trainer™
      • 4.1 Design Option A: (External “Walk-Through Tutorial”)
      • 4.2 Design Option B: (External “Walk-Through Tutorial”)
      • 4.3 “Rock, Paper, Scissors” Game Mechanics
      • 4.4 Bots?
      • 4.5 Simple 2-Player Remote Games
    • 5 Walk-through Tutorial: Rulers of Renown™
      • 5.1 Design Option A: (External “Walk-Through Tutorial”)
      • 5.2 Design Option B: (External “Walk-Through Tutorial”)
      • 5.3 Review MMoG Management Objects
        • Code Sample
    • 6 Walk-through Tutorial: War Lord Tourney™
    • 7 Walk-through Tutorial: Legends of Renown Deeds™
    • 8 Walk-through Tutorial: Blood Pit II™ (2-player)
        • Required Original Download Files
        • Live Online Example:
        • Preparation Assumptions
        • REST Selection Justification
        • Design Option Paths
      • 8.1 Common Design Foundation
      • 8.2 Creating a MMoG REST API
        • Step #1 Setting up a demonstration
        • Step #2 The URLs
        • Step #3 The Code
        • Step #4 Database Models
        • Step #5 API Security Considerations
      • 8.3 Interacting with Horizontal Services
        • Different REST Interactions Methods
        • Social Services Interactions
      • 8.4 Conclusion
      • 8.5 Resources
  • Appendix
    • More Resources
      • JavaScript Garden
      • Additional Appendices
      • Other resources:
      • Selling your Game Assets
    • Appendix: Online Game Development
    • Appendix: Making WebXR Games!
    • Appendix: Phaser III Plugins
    • Appendix: “How to Start a WebSocket”
      • Testing Your Browser
      • WebSocket Protocol Handshake
        • Deeper Dive: WebSocket API
      • Sample Source Code: Client-side WebSocket
        • Step #1: Game index page
        • Step #2: Generate Event handlers
    • Appendix: OLOO - Safe JavaScript
      • Deeper Dive: JS Delegation (aka “Inheritance”?)
      • The old way
      • Objects Linking to Other Objects (OLOO)
      • Compare your code
      • Object.create
      • Exercise Lesson 9:
      • Game Singletons
      • Deeper Dive: Object Manipulation objects in ES5/6
      • Lesson Summary
      • Resource References:
  • Answers to Exercises
      • Appendix
        • Appendix: OLOO - Safe JavaScript

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