"Designing Modern Strategy Games" is the definitive book on the design of modern strategy games. "Designing Modern Strategy Games" can also be used as a textbook; it includes more than 100 game design projects. For instructors, an Appendix includes the day-by-day course plans for three offerings of author Phillies' precedent-breaking university course "Design of Tabletop Board Wargames".
Phillies and Vasel's book, the second edition of Phillies and Vasel's 2006 text, opens with an inspiring essay by Greg Costikyan. It proceeds through a synoptic analysis of game design elements, recommendations of great game designers, and detailed analyses of rules of over a hundred games of strategy.