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WELCOME TO THE MAGIC
CIRCLE
Games 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
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Welcome to CMP 394

  • 1. WELCOME TO THE MAGIC CIRCLE Games and Interactive Media
  • 2. A Different Kind of Course  Create your own path to the grade you want  Failure is an option
  • 3. Quests  Game Prototypes  Debates  Post Mortems  Research Papers  Research Presentations  Show & Tell  Game Journals  Good Reads
  • 4. Game Prototypes  Created in groups of 3-5 people  Non-digital  We test and play them in class
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Debates  Against a fellow classmate  Winner gets bonus insight points  Topics vary, but are always game related
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Show & Tell  Talking points  They don’t require a lot of effort
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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?
  • 13. This course is about meaningful play  What makes play meaningful?
  • 14. 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
  • 16. Questions?  c.ewing@miami.edu  Office Hours officially 10-12:30 on Monday I am in my office more often, feel free to stop by anytime
  • 17. Up for a debate?