Game Rules

I believe that through the playtesting stages of my game I have been able to change a lot of the rules of the game to make it more user-friendly and easier to play.

My game aims to get rid of all the cards in your hand through gameplay. To do this, players must put down one card per loop while reciting the cards before they put down their own card. If players fail to recite all cards in order, the player will have to pick up the pile of cards and add them to their deck. The game’s rules will be explained more in depth below:Read More »

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Play Testing Game Prototype

I believe that the game I created involves some confrontation in the gameplay and that by adding this the mechanics of the game become more interesting and dynamic to play. The confrontational elements include the action cards which are scattered throughout the deck of cards. These action cards allow for a change in gameplay while it is progressing and allow for players to play strategically with each other.

Playtesting this week turned out to go really well. I had changed my game with the suggestions from last weeks test and found that the change made a big improvement in gameplay for the players. The players commented on the fact that they enjoyed the game and it was very easy and quick to pick up. There were also some other ideas that they brought up which I was debating on including in the game but found that it would make it to complicated or long which isn’t what I wanted to do.

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Game Prototype and Abstraction

For my game this week I will be discussing Abstraction and whether my game has concepts of it, my progress with the prototype and an example of the rules which are being used in the playtesting.

Abstraction in games can be defined as:

The conceptual process that is a series of mental activities where rules are derived from literal signifiers. 

Abstraction occurs when a concept provides the framework for a body of subordinate concepts.

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Brainstorming Game Ideas

During the class, we brainstormed ideas that we could potentially use for our final game concept. The brainstorming session in class was a great way to start thinking about the game and concepts that could be further expanded and developed. In this 5 minute brainstorm, there were a few good ideas but most of them were unusable and not something that I wanted to do. These ideas are listed below.

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II. Students Maintaining Uni, Work and a Social Life – A Game in the Making

Our new game idea is a play on ‘Monopoly Deal‘ and will allow players to interact and be strategic more while playing the mechanics of the game. In our Game (which has yet to be named) you play as a student, and the game aims to keep their university, work and social life balanced throughout the game while completing classes to win. Our new game is in the form of a card game and does not have an accompanying board.

The card deck contains four different cards – action, relaxation, assessment and wildcards which will encourage players to play strategically and even haggle with each other. Encouraging this type of play and communication between players will allow for them to become more involved in the game and hopefully bring out the competitive side of some players.Read More »

Battle of the HECS

The group game that was prototyped in our tutorial worked with the concept of students struggling with balancing uni, work, life and relationships. Our prototyped game borrows elements from the game Game of Life‘ and has been created with UOW students in mind. We plan on making this a dark comedy type of game that will somewhat reflect the life of a university student with a lot of HECS debt (so basically everyone).

Our game starts off with the players picking a ‘Character Card‘ from the deck where there are quite a few characters to choose from. The character cards will hold those stereotypical uni students that you find at UOW or other universities, and they will have information on them based on the stereotypes. Each character will start off with their estimated amount of debt for their university course and a description of their persona.Read More »