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Game Design Merit Badge Workshop

The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University

Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (CDT)

Game Design Merit Badge Workshop

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Pursuing the Boy Scouts’ new Game Design Merit Badge?

Earn it with one of the nation’s premier game design programs!

The Guildhall at SMU is offering a workshop, the first in the nation created by a game design school or university-affiliated game design program, to assist scouts in earning their Game Design Merit Badge with guidance from The Guildhall’s illustrious faculty.

General Information

Workshop activities include:

  • Deliberating common game terms, including intellectual propertydifficultybalancedepthcomplexity and age appropriateness, and their relation to game development.
  • Discussing the various design and development careers in the game industry. 
  • Analysing standard game rules and how modifying rules can affect gameplay, and the player action/reaction.
  • Using Paizo Publishing’s anthology board game Stonehenge to walk through the designing, prototyping, and blind testing of a game.
  • Designing a new game, including defining the vision statement, medium, format, objectives, theme, play value, rules and basic game elements.
  • Experiencing the game development process through prototyping, production and testing. 


Completion of the following badge requirements prior to the workshop is highly recommended to prepare for the curriculum and activities, but is not a requirement for attendance: 

  • Read the Merit Badge Series booklet on Game Design thoroughly. 
    (may be purchased for download at ScoutStuff.org)
  • Analyze 4 games in 4 different media and be prepared to discuss each at the workshop concerning: the mediumplayer formatobjectivesrulesresources and theme.
  • Prepare to discuss 4 types of play value and provide examples of each concept at the workshop.

We look forward to seeing you!

For more information call René Archambault at 972-473-3539.

The Guildhall at SMU
5232 Tennyson Parkway, Building 2
Plano TX 75024

Have questions about Game Design Merit Badge Workshop? Contact The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University

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5232 Tennyson Parkway
Plano, TX 75024

Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (CDT)

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The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University

The Guildhall at SMU is one of the premier graduate digital game development programs in the US. It has over 500 students, and placed alumni in more than 140 video game studios around the world. The Guildhall offers a Master of Interactive Technology program with specializations in Art Creation, Level Design, Production, and Software Development.

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