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Did you know that video games employ many of the same gameplay ideas as non-digital games? Or that video game designers often test their ideas using tools as simple as a pen, paper, and dice? Traditional Game Design introduces you to the game design process by letting you create your own non-digital games that combine themes, mechanics, play, and most importantly, fun. Along the way, you will learn about the academic subjects, including history, statistics, and English composition, that help game designers create unique and engaging experiences. You will leave this workshop with the tools to build your own board, card, and dice games from the ground up.

  • Think like a designer: Analyze existing dice, card, and board games to learn what makes them work, and incorporate what you learn into your own game projects.
  • See games in a new light: Learn the fascinating history of games, as well as the statistics and storytelling principles that make the best games so successful.
  • Explore the game industry: Examine the game production pipeline, including how different play fields and demographics influence what games companies decide to produce.

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