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Non-profit organizations interested in making a game face a conundrum: they do not have game design expertise and hiring an experienced game designer or studio may not be cost effective. These ...

Non-profit organizations interested in making a game face a conundrum: they do not have game design expertise and hiring an experienced game designer or studio may not be cost effective. These established institutions may have concerns for hiring freelance or independent game designers who may not have a huge portfolio and yet there are indie game designers who would be happy to collaborate on a serious game. We will present 4 models by which organizations can team up with indie game designers on small or large scale game projects based on our own experience.

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  • 1. 10:45 am – 11:00 amWin Win:Models for Creating aSocial Impact Game on a BudgetClay Ewing & Lien Tran(University of Miami)
  • 2. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractivecourtesy of Constance Steinkuehler, GLS 2013 KeynotePhoto credit: @mitSTEPlabGame Industry Ecosystem
  • 3. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveClay Ewing@clayticalclaytical.comLien Tran@LienTlienbtran.com
  • 4. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveModels for Indie CollaborationSimply for the love completely indie no budgetAs part of an academic classstudent assignmentor official classpotential budgetSmall grantfunded by institution orfoundationmodest budgetGame Contractor / Consultantpartnering with humanitarianorganizationvariable budget based on gamedesigner’s experience and project scope
  • 5. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveComplete Indie
  • 6. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveAd Patrolhttp://claytical.com/ad-patrol
  • 7. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveAd Patrolhttp://claytical.com/ad-patrol
  • 8. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveComplete Indie• Complete control over whatwas made• Never a priority, slow tocomplete• No institutional support tohelp get the word out• Without “catching fire” itpushes a person like me tomove on to the next projectPROS CONS
  • 9. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveComplete Indie• Tap into your personal/professional networks• Limit the team (can include game designer, programmer,artist, subject matter expert)TIPS
  • 10. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractivePart of a ClassHustlin Health Carehustlinhealthcare.comGaming the(Immigration) Systemlienbtran.com/games/gaming-the-system/
  • 11. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractivePart of a ClassHumans vs. Mosquitoeshumansvsmosquitoes.comMagnitudelienbtran.com/games/magnitude/
  • 12. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveHumans vs. Mosquitoes
  • 13. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveHumans vs. Mosquitoes
  • 14. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveHumans vs. Mosquitoes
  • 15. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractivePart of a Class• Inexpensive• Potential for a wide variety ofskill sets• Built-in potential forinstitutional support• Unpredictable outcomes• Ownership issues• Confined by academicschedulePROS CONS
  • 16. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractivePart of a Class• Workshop early with subject matter expert and students• Organizations should set realistic expectations for studentwork - think of it as an experiment• Look to partner with design and communication programs• Take advantage of built in access to playtestersTIPS
  • 17. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveSmall GrantVanity - Funded by University of Ottawalienbtran.com/games/vanity
  • 18. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveSmall Grant
  • 19. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveSmall Grant• Built-in network of advocates• Stepping stone towardsbigger opportunities• Lack of resources forassessment• Rarely enough money for adigital game *PROS CONS
  • 20. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveSmall Grant• Keep the team lean• Ensure that the grant timeframe is feasible• Subject matter experts should be very conscious of scopecreep• Make sure you have a contract and stick to itTIPS
  • 21. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveCops & Rubberslienbtran.com/games/cops-and-rubbersUwezeshaji Kaya Kuhimililienbtran.com/games/gaming-the-system/Independent Contractor
  • 22. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveOpen Society Foundations
  • 23. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveWorld Bankwith the Tanzania Social Action Fund
  • 24. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveIndependent Contractor• Organizations can push moreresources at the project to getit to where they want it to be• Easy to get into “design bycommittee” conundrumPROS CONS
  • 25. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveIndependent Contractor• Define roles early on• Contracts are extremely important for transparency andexpectationsTIPS
  • 26. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveDigital vs. Non-DigitalDIGITALCost per personSize of audienceNON-DIGITALCost per personSize of audience
  • 27. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveGeneral Tips• Look for game collaborators in design and communications schools/programs and at game meetups• local game groups, Global Game Jam, Indiecade, G4C, GLS,etc. // possibly game listservs• Provide a summary brief (concrete concepts, key goals and messages,priorities); Don’t bombard your designer with too much information!• If you can’t meet regularly, schedule early a face-to-face weekend forbriefing and rapid prototyping• Avoid scope creep• Publish your print-on-demand tabletop games at thegamecrafter.com*
  • 28. Win Win: Models for Creating a Social Impact Game on a Budget @claytical // @lient // @uminteractiveClay Ewing@clayticalclaytical.comLien Tran@LienTlienbtran.comQuestions?