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  • GameCareerGuide.com's Game Design Challenge: Player Aid

    [07.23.08]
    - GameCareerGuide.com staff
  •  GameCareerGuide.com's Game Design Challenge is an exercise in becoming a game developer, asking you to look at games in a new way -- from the perspective of a game creator, producer, marketer, businessperson, and so forth.

    Each Wednesday we'll present you with a challenge about developing video games. You'll have one week to brainstorm a brilliant solution (see below for how to submit your answers). The following week, the best answers and the names of those who submitted them will be posted along with some commentary.

    The Challenge
    Design a player aid for the board game Risk.

    Assignment Details
    This week's Game Design Challenge was inspired by a blog post written by Ian Schreiber about game design education.

    I'll leave it up to you to figure out what is meant by the question, but will elaborate and say that the "player aid" should be a kind of quick reference that gives a brief summary of the rules. The idea is that new players, upon having read the game rules in full once, now have a quick cheat sheet that they can refer to when they forget how to play.

    The player aid is an 8.5"x5.5" piece of cardboard (that's the size of standard U.S. letter paper folded in half once), with typed text only on one side.

    This challenge is asking you to understand rules and be able to clearly and concisely lay out rules of gameplay. Remember that your player aid needs to be a quick reference -- we don't want any beginners to be stuck in a corner reading six pages of rules while everyone else is waiting for their turn!

    Depending on how conservatively you use the allotted space, you may want to add strategies, tips, or other helpful hints.

    To Submit
    Ask questions and discuss possible solutions on the forum. When your submission is complete, send it to gamecareerguide@gmail.com with the subject line "Design Challenge: Player Aid." Please type your answer directly in the email body. Be sure to include your full name and school affiliation or job title.

    Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, July 30, 2008.
    The responses for this challenge will appear the week of August 4, 2008.

    Next week GameCareerGuide.com's Game Design Challenge will be on summer break. Look for a new challenge August 6.

    Disclaimer: GameCareerGuide.com is not responsible for similarities between the content submitted to the Game Design Challenge and any existing or future products or intellectual property.

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