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A Day of Play: Game Design Basics

Brenda Romero

Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

A Day of Play: Game Design Basics

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Interested in non-digital game design? In this workshop, BAFTA award-winning game designer Brenda Romero takes participants through the full game design process from concept to completion. Participants complete five different prototypes in five hours and come away with a solid idea of how to rapidly prototype and iterate game designs. This workshop is for individuals aged 18 and up. 

Whether your interest is in digital games, board games or game design in general, the topics covered in this class are the essential building blocks of the game design process. All materials are provided.

The workshop runs from 11-5pm with a break for lunch. The location is convenient to city centre Galway and easy access via train or bus. 

 

 

From the basics to the bits, we'll cover the following:

  • Formal elements of games
  • Prototyping, playtesting and iterative design
  • Hidden information
  • Decisions: meaningful, meaningless, blind and obvious
  • Tradeoffs
  • Finding the fun
  • Player types
  • Race & chase games
  • Space games
  • Displacement games

... and more. Just ask if there's something specific you're interested in. Note that I will be offering a small workshop on documentary games as well which covers more serious matter. 

 

 

Brenda Romero is a BAFTA award-winning game designer, artist and Fulbright scholar who entered the video game industry in 1981. As a designer, she has worked on 47 games and contributed to many seminal titles, including the Wizardry and Jagged Alliance series and titles in the Ghost Recon, Dungeons & Dragons and Def Jam franchises. Away from the machine, her analog series of six games, The Mechanic is the Message, has drawn national and international acclaim, particularly Train and Siochán Leat (often called "The Irish Game") which is presently housed in the National Museum of Play in the United States. Most recently, she received the 2017 Development Legend award at the Develop Brighton and the BAFTA Special Award for her contributions to the industry and game education. In 2015, she won the coveted Ambassador’s Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards. In 2014, she received a Fulbright award to study Ireland’s game industry, academic and government policies. In 2013, she was named one of the top 10 game developers by Gamasutra.com and Develop magazine listed her among the 25 people who changed games in 2013. Romero co-owns Romero Games based in Galway and is Program Director at the University of Limerick MSc in Game Design & Development.

Have questions about A Day of Play: Game Design Basics? Contact Brenda Romero

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Galway
City Centre
Galway
Ireland

Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)


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Brenda Romero

Game Designer Brenda Romero is hosting the workshop. She has a ridiculous board game collection, plays well with others and loves games. 

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