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Make An Alternate Reality Game!

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Tips for young game designers.

Make An Alternate Reality Game!

  1. 1. How to invent an alternate reality tips from game designer Jane McGonigal games
  2. 2. <ul><li>An alternate reality game is an adventure you have in real life . </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t play it alone! </li></ul><ul><li>You have to join forces online with many other players. </li></ul><ul><li>Most importantly : the game can show up anywhere , anytime ! </li></ul>Let’s play!
  3. 3. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>1. Start a puppet master team ! </li></ul>Join our team!
  4. 4. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>2. Brainstorm your theme or story . What’s the game about? </li></ul><ul><li>Now give the game a name ! </li></ul>Best idea EVER
  5. 5. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>3. Pick the game “ verbs .” What are you asking players to DO to win the game? </li></ul><ul><li>Solve… collect… create… go to… write… find… </li></ul>Do what?!
  6. 6. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>4. Make a “ media plan ”. What sites and technologies will you use? </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs… SMS… Facebook… Twitter… MySpace… IM… email… websites… Flickr… Youtube… ITunes… </li></ul>Ooh, let’s use that!
  7. 7. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>5. Design your community . What collaboration sites and technologies will you use? </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis… Google Docs or Groups… Discussion forums… Comments… social network group… </li></ul>share! discuss!
  8. 8. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>6. Decide on a launch date – when does the game start? How long will it last? </li></ul>Save the date!
  9. 9. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>7. Identify your team’s strengths, and pick design roles : </li></ul><ul><li>story writer, researcher, game director, media artist, puzzle designer, actor/interactor… </li></ul>I’m so good…
  10. 10. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>8. Make a game timeline . </li></ul><ul><li>How does is start? What happens next? Are there important “plot points” or missions? What is the media schedule? How does it end? </li></ul>& then what?
  11. 11. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>9. Create the content ! </li></ul><ul><li>Set up your characters’ profiles and sites… </li></ul><ul><li>Make your videos, take your photos, write your blog posts, create your puzzle clues... </li></ul>We made it!
  12. 12. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>10. Decide who to invite . </li></ul><ul><li>How many players do you want? And who will you invite? </li></ul><ul><li>Friends, family, classes, online communities, neighborhoods…? </li></ul>Wanna play?
  13. 13. 10 Steps to Inventing an ARG <ul><li>That’s it! </li></ul><ul><li>YOU’RE READY TO PLAY! </li></ul>OMG! Let’s go!
  14. 14. 4 Secrets of an Awesome ARG <ul><li>Make sure your players know EXACTLY what to do. </li></ul><ul><li>“ THIS IS YOUR MISSION!” </li></ul>It’s your mission!
  15. 15. 4 Secrets of an Awesome ARG <ul><li>2. Help your players show off their superpowers! </li></ul><ul><li>“ What are YOU good at?!” </li></ul>Secret strength!
  16. 16. 4 Secrets of an Awesome ARG <ul><li>3. Make it super-social! </li></ul><ul><li>Bring your players together in “ real time ”… and real space? </li></ul>We’re so together
  17. 17. 4 Secrets of an Awesome ARG <ul><li>4. Your players are the real stars of the game. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Starring… YOU!” </li></ul>You’re amazing!
  18. 18. How to invent an alternate reality You can write me! jane@ avantgame.com games

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