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  • Game Design Challenge: In The Cards

    - Danny Cowan
  •'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.

    Every month, we'll present you with a challenge about developing video games. You'll have two weeks to brainstorm a brilliant solution (see below for how to submit your answers). After the two week submission period elapses, the best answers and the names of those who submitted them will be posted.

    The Challenge

    Adapt an existing video game into a card game.

    Assignment Details

    In the days before video games, our ancestors entertained themselves with playing cards. Card games have been around since the 9th century, and digital adaptations of card games accompanied the earliest gaming consoles. While adaptations of games like poker and Go Fish remain popular, modern audiences are also drawn to titles that employ traditional card game mechanics like Blizzard's Hearthstone and the Mega Man Battle Network series.

    Curiously, a select few video game developers and franchises have crossed over into the card gaming realm. Rock Band series creator Harmonix entered the field with 2017's DropMix, and fans of From Software's catalog have produced card game adaptations of Dark Souls and Bloodborne. We think there are plenty of other games that deserve similar treatment.

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to adapt an existing video game into a card game.

    Your entry must give an overview of a digital or physical card game that draws inspiration from any specific video game or gaming franchise. Be sure to describe features and mechanics that directly relate to your chosen source material. We don't expect you to detail every rule that would be present in your game - instead, focus on the elements that your chosen franchise has in common with its card game adaptation. Be creative, and have fun!

    To Submit

    Work on your ideas, figure out your strategy for coming up with a solution, and ask questions on the forums. When your submission is complete, send it to [email protected] with the subject line "Game Design Challenge: In The Cards." Please type your answer directly in the email body -- do not submit .pdf or Word documents.

    Submissions should be no more than 500 words and may contain up to three images. Be sure to include your full name and school affiliation or job title.

    Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, January 23.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, January 29.

    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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