Game Design 1


To be a valuable team member it is essential to be familiar with the various skills involved in a game project. You will likely prefer to be a writer, artist, designer, coder/dev or musician, but to have effective communication within your team requires an elementary knowledge and appreciation of all skill sets. So, you will be exposed to a variety of lessons designed to familiarize you with these various game project duties before choosing your BIG PROJECT.sjacobson (at) cdaschools.org

ALWAYS TURN IN WORK WHEN IT'S DUE regardless of completion

and then resubmit later for FULL CREDIT!

100% + 0% = F
100% + 50% = C

0.0 Class Guide [CB]
REVIEW >> CLASS TIPS/GUIDE with TEST (SCHOOLOGY)

0.1 Digital Citizenship [CB]

You were probably hoping to get right into game design/development but in order to meet graduation requirements, we have to review Digital Citizenship. But, we'll do it in a gameful way using SafeOnlineSurfing!

  • Complete ALL 7 areas and then provide the teacher a FULL SCREENSHOT [PNG] of the checked off end map.

  • Take the DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP TEST (SCHOOLOGY)


How will you make your work in this class
PURPOSEFUL, PERSONAL, and MEANINGFUL?

  • Spotlight a problem you, a friend, or family member is facing

  • Bring to life an exciting story, dream or fantasy you've created

  • Tell a story that encourages positive change you'd like to see in your life, school, town, world.

1. ART ASSETS (skill NOT required!) [CB]
Choose: sprites, web comic, or card game
[WEEK 1 & 2]

Sprites (Most popular option)
Create a 10+ sprite collection (PNG format!) to be used in your future game that includes main character, NPCs, environment pieces. (see examples >>)
SUBMIT through Schoology
USE Piskelapp. PiskelappTutorial Series
IMPORT A GUIDE TEMPLATE?>> PNG, PISKEL
REFERERENCE GENERATORS:
ONE, TWO, THR, FOU, FIV, SIX, SEV, EIG

Web Comic
1 page with 4-6 frames HOSTED ON CANVA
Student example: Blake Wolf
SUBMIT through Schoology

Card Game
8 cards on par with MUNCHKIN, Magic, Pokemon. Template 2 x 4
Teacher Example
SUBMIT through Schoology

alt: Paint.net (installed), PHOTOPEA, Google Draw, Pixilart.com, Pixelorama, Inkscape, Krita, Gimp, Fire Alpaca

2. WRITING [CB]
CHOOSE: Storyboard, Twine or Inkle
[WEEK 3]

Make a personally meaningful, original, illustrated, Choose Your Own Adventure (or Kinetic Novel) using Storyboard (PLAY browser link) OR Twine (PUBLISH file) OR INKLEWRITER (SHARE link)
Storyboard and Inkle both require accounts but saves in cloud!
A good grade requires:

  • 8+ narrative blocks

  • 3+ relevant graphics (start, middle, end)
    Google Image Search or
    FREE ART
    (Save amage as or Copy image address)
    IF you choose later to do this as your 9 week project, images should be original

  • SUBMIT link or file through Schoology

Storyboard has more options and is the most user-friendly
My friend Thomas Lafferty of The Heroic Academy used Storyboard to help me prototype
THIS

Twine is the choice of the professionals
text choice link code: [[Words to click on->block name]]
image code: <img src="https://i.imgur.com/Di6yq04.jpg" width="300">

AUDIO??? direct links HERE
CODE:
<audio autoplay controls>
<source src="https://
direct link.mp3" type="audio/mpeg">
</audio>

PRO Student Example
[TWINE HELP GUIDE] [TWINE YT HELP Playlist]

INKLEWRITER has some cool publishing options
EXAMPLE Teacher example

"BUT I CAN'T WRITE!!!!!"
DO WHAT THE PROS DO! -> DERIVATIVE + DERIVATIVE = ORIGINAL
"BORROW" from the
PUBLIC DOMAIN

ULTIMATE GAME WRITING TOOL
GAME WRITING
MORE GAME WRITING

3. MUSIC [CB]
[WEEK 4]

Bring your own WIRED headset/earphones and choose one of the following:

Create 3 original 30+ second music tracks (avoiding repetition and randomness) for your upcoming games. Possible themes: Intro, boss, win, adventure, pastoral, etc.

SUBMIT through Schoology

BEST MUSIC BY FORMER STUDENTS!!!

Chrome Music.mp4

4. Make an RPG
CHOOSE: Playground or Ace Lite
[Week 5]

Make it personally meaningful!

For an A

  • 2+ fully decorated maps with warps/doors

  • Advanced conversations and/or choices

  • Different music

  • Different title scene (RPG MAKER only)

Playground [CB]

Create an account and click the email activation

  1. Watch Intro tutorial

  2. FOLLOW THE CHANNEL to enable more features sooner!
    SHOW teacher for BONUS!

  3. Check Public, Save game, Click new link, copy the share link in the address bar of the new tab and SUBMIT (CREATE TAB) via Schoology

  4. More tutorials can be found HERE.

  5. SUBMIT link through Schoology

EXAMPLES: Mr Severson BONUS! : Little Adventure : Massacre : Dungeon Fighter

ACE LITE

Installed on your class computer (C:\C11\RPGMakerVXAceLite\RPGVXAceLite.exe - RIGHT-CLICK FILE and SEND TO DESKTOP SHORTCUT). This is the FREE version of the famous RPG Maker software and exports only to Windows. It's the easiest and best RPG game design tool to use and highly addictive!

RPG Playground

5. Make a game!
CHOOSE: FUSION or GDevelop [CB] or GODOT
[Weeks 6/7]

Make it personally meaningful!

FUSION (already installed)
Five Nights at Freddy's , Freedom Planet , The Escapists , Baba Is You

HERE is the *.mfa TEMPLATE with Zelda/Platformer/Asteroid examples. Pick one and delete the other 2. Replace the graphics and sounds with your own and completely redecorate adding extra functionality.
SUBMIT through Schoology the *.MFA file when done
Teacher FUSION templates HERE
Template Video ::: 100's of examples: NIVRAM's

GDEVELOP (download for Windows & install) [CB]
Top games made with GDevelop | Making BANK

Pick a STARTER or EXAMPLE and Switch out the graphics with those from the previous Piskel Sprite Sheet assignment and completely redecorate, also adding your own music.
SUBMIT through Schoology the PUBLISHED LINK when done (account required)
Teacher GDevelop template HERE
Ways to make your game better
The BEST GDevelop EXTENSIONS
EXAMPLE: ETHAN TOOMEY, CARSON FALLER

GODOT (already installed in C:\C11\GODOT folder)
If you are looking for the next UNITY DISRUPTOR, GODOT is it!
Top Games Made with GODOT
DOWNLOAD-UNZIP-HACK
THIS 2D PLATFORM TOOLKIT >> (Tutorial)
Later, if you like, learn to CODE as your 9 week project! (Python-ish, C++, C#)
SUBMIT through Schoology


6. Make a 3D VR World [CB] OR OC!!!
[Weeks 8]

BlocksmithXR - EASY VR/AR creation tool
already installed in C:\C11 folder. Be sure to create an account!
WEB VERSION [CB] runs on Chrome Book!
SUBMIT through Schoology
TEACHER EXAMPLES: MARS, WEIRD, Multiplayer template

Use Tinkercad to create an Original Character
following the instructions below
SKELETON FILE (download-open in blender)
SUBMIT through Schoology

EASY ANIMATED OC

Quarter Project Planning Time!

Quarter Project PLAN!
[WEEK 9]

DECISION TIME!!!
1) PLAN your 9 week Project
based on a previous lesson
or investigate something
NEW!
OR
2) Continuing Explorations TRACK
(default if you can't decide)



If you are a digital artist with a cool project idea, you may be chosen by our MOD SQUAD to help you build the prototype!

A wiser option would be to create a website-blog-portfolio of your work!
Examples: [Nathaniel] [Jace] [Olivia]

REAL PROJECTS

EXAMPLE:

END OF COURSE!

MISCELLANEOUS