WELCOME TO THE MAGICCIRCLEGames and Interactive Media
A Different Kind of Course Create your own path to the grade you want Failure is an option
Quests Game Prototypes Debates Post Mortems Research Papers Research Presentations Show & Tell Game Journals Good Reads
Game Prototypes Created in groups of 3-5 people Non-digital We test and play them in class
Post Mortems Written after the final playtest of your game prototype Each member is responsible for their own post mortem Details the design process of the game Analyzes the good, bad and ugly of the process Muses about potential future options
Debates Against a fellow classmate Winner gets bonus insight points Topics vary, but are always game related
Research Papers Persuasive essays written on a given prompt Structure Intro paragraph Argument Conclusion 3 possible outcomes Try again Average Awesome Don’t wait until the last minute
Research Presentations Once you have received an average or awesome point level for a research paper, you can present it to the class Be creative You can’t re-present the same topic, so make it count
Show & Tell Talking points They don’t require a lot of effort
Game Journals You should play games that you haven’t played before Write about your experience If you play it and make some general comments, you’ll get some points If you write something more in depth, you’ll get more points Don’t play games by Hasbro, Parker Brothers, etc.
Good Reads & Reading It’s a relatively new field and we’re in the digital age Buy Rules of Play if you’re serious about game design I’ll post articles You can share articles too, and I’ll give you points Don’t post press releases, trivial reviews, etc.
So about this “Magic Circle” It’s a term we use to describe our willingness to play within the constraints put on ourselves by a system Why do we do it?
This course is about meaningful play What makes play meaningful?
Mafia Don’t show your card to anyone, even if you die If your card is blank, you are a law abiding citizen of this town If your card has a red dot, you are a member of the mafia Each round, the mafia kills someone at night During the day, the towns people kill a suspect Last side standing wins