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  •'s Game Design Challenge: Fantasy Game Development

    - Manveer Heir
  •'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 Fantasy Game Development, the game, modeled on other fantasy sports games.

    Assignment Details
    The world of fantasy sports has millions of players hooked every year, from Fantasy Football to Fantasy NASCAR and Fantasy Golf. Your company wants to try something niche, but fun and new: Fantasy Game Development.

    Design a fantasy version of the game development process. You must set out who each player drafts (publishers, development studios, or even individuals). You must decide how scoring on a week-by-week basis will work. Players should take their roster of fantasy players head-to-head with another opponent and someone must be scored the winner after a certain amount of time. Everything else is up to you.

    Your company doesn't need every single rule in place just yet, but wants to know the overall way the game will be played -- draft, scoring, schedule, and win conditions must be set.

    To Submit
    Share resources, ask questions, or go head-to-head with your peers on the forum. When your submission is complete, send it to with the subject line "Design Challenge: Fantasy Game Development." Please type your answer directly in the email body. Be sure to include your full name and school affiliation or job title, and try to keep your answers to 500 words or fewer -- unless they're really good!

    Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, October 22, 2008.
    The responses for this challenge will appear the week of October 27, 2008.

    Disclaimer: 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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