Game Design 1
sjacobson (at) cdaschools.org
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 only a writer, artist, designer, promoter, producer 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.
WEEK 1 Digital Citizenship
Sorry people. You were probably hoping to get right into game design but in order to meet graduation requirements, we have to review Digital Citizenship. But, we'll do it in a gameplay way using Interland OR SafeOnlineSurfing!
TRY BOTH THEN PICK ONE!
Interland : Must complete all 4 areas with a combined score of 1200 or greater and provide the teacher a FULL SCREEN SCREENSHOT as seen in the graphic. Don't worry about "Tower of Treasure" display errors.
To get to the 4 Area screen >> 1) Complete ALL 4 areas 2) Click on your avatar in the upper right 3) Click on EXPLORE LEARNINGS button
Week 1 Game Pitch Prototyping
Come up with an original game idea and present it in your choice of promotional pitch formats and submit through Schoology via the CREATE or UPLOAD tabs.
Combine 2 games from different genres
e.g. Pokemon + Mix & Match Horror
This game I love would be better if...
Week 2 Make a CYOA with Inklewriter
Make an original, illustrated, quality Choose Your Own Adventure using INKLEWRITER.
Create an account to SAVE!
The tutorial is built into the editor and creating a free account allows you to save in the cloud and send share links.
For BEST grade: 15+ narrative blocks, 2-3 alternate endings, 5+ relevant (borrowed, sketched, photos) graphics.
SUBMIT the Inkle SHARE link through Schoology via the CREATE TAB
Students: Michael H,
Week 3 Make a CYOA with Twine
Make an original, illustrated, quality Choose Your Own Adventure using Twine.
For BEST grade:
15+ narrative blocks (~20-100 words each)
2-3 alternate endings (each with a graphic)
5+ relevant graphics (right click-copy image address or copy image location)
Example text choice link code:
[[Words they click on]]
[[Words they click on->paragraph name]]
Example Image code:
<img src="http://jnoodle.com/j.jpg" width="300">
SUBMIT the TWINE PUBLISHED FILE (bottom left triangle) through Schoology via the ADD FILE ICON.
Week 4-5 Make an RPG with RPG Playground or RPGBoss
RPG Playground [Web/Chromebook]
>>> Jacobson EXPLAINER VIDEO <<<
Create an account and click the email activation
(might have to look in SPAM)
Watch Intro tutorial then build your level using advanced conversations/quests, well designed multiple levels (door/warps), enemy fights, etc.
Check Publish, Save game, copy the share link and SUBMIT through Schoology (CREATE).
More tutorials can be found HERE.
WE GOT A SHOUT OUT for getting them to 800 subs!
- RPGBoss [Windows] Installed on your class computer (C:\RPGBoss\). Similar to the famous RPGMaker software only RPGBoss is FREE and exports easily to both Windows and Mac. One of the easiest game design tools to use and highly addictive! For an A must have imported title page, different music, multiple maps (indoor, underground, etc), warps and conversations.
ManiacBurners Master Class | Alternate tutorials [Tut1] [Tut2]
Hackable Item Sheet | Piskel Character Template or HERE | Hack/Import Files | Missing rpgboss.exe FILE?
- GB Studio [Windows, Mac, Linux]
- RPG Maker [Windows]
Week 6 Make Game Music
Using Chrome Song Maker create 3 original 30 -60 second music tracks for your upcoming games (go into settings and set LENGTH to 16 bars). Themes: Intro, boss, win, adventure, pastoral, etc.
Download (SAVE) each as WAV to use in your upcoming game later.
COPY each of the 3 music links to a document
Submit the 3 links or document SHARE link through Schoology Submission CREATE tab.
Week 7-8 Make 3 Sprite Collections
>>> Jacobson EXPLAINER VIDEO <<<
Using Piskelapp, create 3 sprite collections (~20 sprites total) for your upcoming game (made in Fusion & Gdevelop).
CREATE an account to SAVE your work.
Collection 1 : Create a main character with walking cycle (Left,Together,Right) plus any other needed poses (Quality > Quantity)
Collection 2: Other characters/creatures (6+ sprites, Quality > Quantity )
Collection 3: Items, environmental pieces, wall blocks, bushes, etc. (9+ sprites, Quality > Quantity )
Save each to your gallery, make each PUBLIC. SEND me your gallery link (Schoology create 2nd tab) OR EXPORT/DOWNLOAD/SUBMIT ALL 3 collections as PNG sheets (Schoology 1st Upload tab)
EXPORT >> PNG >> 2x or 3x >> DOWNLOAD
TEMPLATE || Student examples: Caleb S | Riley S | Zane K Tutorial Series
Week 9-12 Make a game with FUSION
NEED A JUMP START??
HERE is the 3-Template with NEW and improved ZELDA and Platformer updates!!!
Pick one and delete the other 2. Replace the graphics and sounds with your own and completely redecorate adding extra functionality too! :)
END OF QUARTER
Week 13-14 Make a game with GDEVELOP 5!
My hope is that this will be a Fusion contender soon. I am personally working on several projects and conversions using GDevelop so that I can master it ASAP.
DOWNLOAD , install and launch
Use a TUTORIAL OR STARTER . Use the graphics with those from the previous Piskel Sprite assignment (or use the BUILT-IN Piskel option to create from scratch or the GDev Library), completely redecorate, add new music and sound effects. Don't forget to SAVE.
After 7 hours of your best creative efforts, SUBMIT the PLAY LINK
[FILE-EXPORT-WEB-PUBLISH ONLINE-OPEN-COPY URL]
Week 15-16 Create a detailed room or building using Blocksmith
Open the app on the class computer from the C:\C11 folder. If it's not version 5.8.1
SIGN UP and CREATE an account so you can SAVE your work
Follow the built-in help-tutorial to learn how to navigate and build.
Create a detailed room or building.
SAVE and make public and share the gallery link with your teacher.
ADD animations and events
Test in VR
iOS itunes Store
Explore on your own one of the 3 following development apps!
a 2D/3D programming library to enjoy videogames programming with no fancy interface... just coding in the most pure spartan-programmers way. See itch.io games made with raylib See Examples WITH CODE
For this lesson you will 1) Pick a SAMPLE GAME 2) Get the code from GITHUB 3) MAKE IT YOURS with significant changes 4) Show the teacher!
An EASY and FREE alternative to Adobe Animate (Flash), the Wick Editor is a free, open-source tool for creating games, animations, and everything in-between! EXAMPLES!!! Tutorials 1 Tutorials 2 Tutorials 3
NOW YOU ARE A BONAFIDE VETERAN!
Other BONUS OPTIONS!!!
SPOKES - BONUS!!!
Hubs is a VR chatroom designed for every headset and browser, but it is also an open source project that explores how communication in mixed reality can come to life. Step inside one of the virtual rooms or build one from the ground up. With Hubs, you can create a room with a single click.
Make a game with CONSTRUCT 3!
Using the graphics and music from previous lessons and sound effects from HERE,