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At the heart of a good game is a set of mechanics-the rules by which the game is played. These rules and the player's imagination define the majority of the experience. Art, sound, story, and characters are important components that will ensure good gameplay.
Nothing demonstrates this better than a good board game. And truly great board games of the past often had very simple rules and game pieces. Think of chess, backgammon, or some of your childhood favorites, like Chutes and Ladders or Candy Land. Games like chess and backgammon have stood the test of time because of their great mechanics and the emergent play that comes from those mechanics.
To demonstrate your abilities as a game designer, we would like you to design and document a simple board game. Please follow the instructions below carefully, including documentation. You will be submitting your documentation for evaluation, not sending us all the board materials.
This year, all games will use the theme "shift." You may incorporate this theme and interpret this word as you see fit for your design, but the use of the theme must be evident and well explained.
Your game can be designed for any audience—young, old, niche—the intended audience is your choice.
While not required, you may choose up to two of the following:
Please adhere to the list above. No additional items are allowed. We want to see how creative you can be with limited resources. Failure to follow the instructions will result in a substantial score penalty.
To submit your game, you will be documenting your work in a single, multipage file. We suggest you create your document in an application like Microsoft Word and save it as a PDF to ensure the formatting is maintained. Please do not separate the images from the text. We want to see your skills in documenting your process.
Each page of the documentation is defined below:
When submitting your Game Design Challenge document, save it as a PDF file. This will ensure that we can open it and none of the formatting or images will be lost. Please upload your file to Slideroom and finish the application by answering the last questions about yourself in the online form.
If you would like the selection committee to see other materials to support your application, you may also upload them to Slideroom. Here is a list of suggestions:
In evaluating your submission we will be using the following criteria:
If you have questions, please email Joseph Manley, Program Director of Game Design at: email@example.com.
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