Category Archives: Game Design

Game Design – week 6

Classroom

Tuesday

Thursday

  • No class – Rodeo Vacation

Assignments

  • Work on getting your game to the next stage with your team
  • Look at the next section in the textbook

Game Design – week 5

Classroom

Tuesday

Thursday

Assignments

  • Work on getting your game to the next stage with your team
  • Look at the next section in the textbook

Game Design – week 4

Classroom

Tuesday

  • Talk about the final games created for the game jam: are you happy with the results? What would you change?
  • Continue to discuss Chapter 1: The Basics (Challenges)
  • Take a look at thegamecrafter.com website. Talk about limitations (board sizes, available tokens, cards, production deadline, etc. and budget – $50, plus tax and shipping)
  • Meet with team to discuss whether you will continue to work on the game you made, or create a new board game to be published

Thursday

Assignments

  • Work on getting your game to the next stage with your team
  • Look at the next section in the textbook

Game Design – week 3

Classroom

Tuesday

Thursday

  • Discuss and make final changes to Game Jam. Take notes about what we discuss in class and make the appropriate changes
  • Submit your projects today by going to this link and clicking the “Join Jam” button and following the instructions (you will need to sign up for a free itch.io account)
  • Go through how to submit your files on itch.io

Assignments

  • Game Jam 
  • Look at next section in the textbook

Game Design – week 2

Classroom

Tuesday

  • Dynamics, Mechanics, Aesthetics definitions
  • Consider using something like this template Game Design Document as a guide for creating your game summaries
  • Talk about strengths and challenges of Game Jam  summaries
  • For the four teams we formed last time – elect a team captain, pick a team name and let me know this information
  • The Pima game club is called the Game Development Guild and their e-mail address is gamdevguild@gmail.com. They meet in this classroom. Contact them for meeting times
  • Download and read Chapter 1: The Basics in textbook (Challenges). We’ll discuss it next week
  • Time to work with team on Game Jam

Thursday

  • High school students visiting. We will add a couple to each game design team today
  • Design a simple card game which is a new take on an existing game. For example, “Go Fish” could become “Glow Fish” and the goal could be to form the strangest combinations of fish features (like a shark fin on a gold fish) possible (due to the fact that the fish live near a leaky nuclear power plant).
  • To make your game: draw with colored pencils on index cards
  • Work on Game Jam – due Jan. 31st

Assignments

  • Game Jam – work on it with your team
  • Read chapter 1 in textbook
  • Write down the day your presentation is due

Game Design – week 1

Classroom

  • Introductions
  • Syllabus
  • Make a Google Drive folder called “gam101 your name” and share it with me: my e-mail address is gjloumeau@pima.edu
  • Discuss presentations
  • We need a note taker for this class – any volunteers? Pima will pay you $120 to take notes
  • Cintiqs and pen checkout process
  • Some board games are available in the library for reference
  • Show board games made by the Gamecrafter
  • Form four teams, with each team having a diverse makeup (some people who are good at graphics, ideas, organization, etc.)
  • Explain Game Jam  assignment

Assignments

  •  Check out this article and this one
  • Look at this article about the history of board games
  • Game Jam – come up with an idea you can quickly create with your team and create a draft version of your idea for the next class. The deadline to submit your game to the game jam is January 31st (Feb. 1st at 1am)