Bernard (“Bernie”) DeKoven is an American play theorist, game designer, and author.
DeKoven developed the Interplay Games Catalog for the School District of Philadelphia between 1968 and 1971; the Intensive Learning Center printed four volumes and two manuals for this curriculum in 1971. Soon after, DeKoven established The Game Preserve, a retreat center for the study of play and games, in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He produced content for Games magazine, and in 1978, published The Well-Played Game. In the 1980s, DeKoven moved to Silicon Valley, California. While working with computers, he created several projects to help businesses work together in more collaborative and fun ways.
DeKoven has devised games for toy and game manufacturers, written books on the importance of play, and consulted with independent game designers and inventors. He is a lifetime member of The Association for the Study of Play. (For more information, see also “Deep Fun and the Theater of Games: An Interview with Bernie DeKoven” in the American Journal of Play.)