DATE TOPIC(S)/READING DUE TODAY
     
Jan 28 Course introduction
Discussion: favorite all-time game
Gamer (video)
Design challenge #1
Jan 30 What is a game designer? (video)
Construct 2: introduction and shooter mechanics
Design challenge #2
Feb 4 Playing like a designer, part 1 (video) Game review #1 (Realm of the Mad God)
Design challenge #3
Feb 6 Construct 2: families and simple AI Design challenge #4
Feb 11 Playing like a designer, part 2 (video) Game review #2 (your pick)
Design challenge #5
Feb 13 NO CLASS MEETING TODAY
Feb 18 Construct 2: platforming (video) Game review #3 (your pick)
Design challenge #6
Feb 20 Construct 2: puzzles and multiple layouts Design challenge #7
Feb 25 Design without constraints Game review #4 (your pick)
Design challenge #8
Feb 27 Construct 2: physics Design challenge #9
Mar 4 Design within constraints Game review #5 (your pick)
Design challenge #10
Mar 6 Preparing an elevator pitch and one-sheet Design challenge #11
Mar 11 Elevator pitches and one-sheets
Development teams formed
Elevator pitch and one-sheet
Mar 13 Establish responsibilities and timelines Progress Report #1
Mar 25 Starting off right (video) Design challenge #12
Mar 27 Tutorials (video) Design challenge #13
Apr 1 Developing an indie game (video) Game review #6 (Runescape 3)
Design challenge #14
Apr 3 Progress reports and demos Progress report #2
Apr 8 What is a game? (video)  
Apr 10 Graphics vs Aesthetics (video) Progress report #3
Apr 15 Game narrative (video 1, video 2)  
Apr 17 Progress reports and demos Progress report #4
Apr 22 Pacing (video)  
Apr 24 Balancing for skill (video) Progress report #5
Apr 29 Playtesting  
May 1 Progress reports and demos Progress report #6
May 6 The Hero's Journey (video 1, video 2)  
May 8 Game jams
Paper prototyping
Progress report #7
May 13 Presenting your game demo (video, video)  
May 15 Progress reports and demos Progress report #8
May 20 Playtesting and final preparations  
May 22 Final project presentations GDD and Demo
Tuesday, May 27, 1:00-3:00pm, CHC 238 Final project presentations
Voting and awards presentation