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Play testing

So proud of my daughter!

She designed a game and we play tested it together.

The Water Game- an educational game about water.

Play testing

‘The water game’

The rules,

  • The aim is to collect 15 water drops, (the little blue bits of rolled up paper).
  • 2-4 players can play, roll the dice, move your player piece around the board, youngest player goes first.
  • The stars and question marks represent the cards in the middle of the board.
  • Land on a star or question take the card on the top of the appripraite pile and read it.
  • Star cards are read by the player that lands on that square- it’s either a bonus or loss card.
  • Question card anyone but the player that landed on the square reads it- it’s a knowledge question that has bonus or loss outcome.

What did we learn?

  • basic game mechanics are good
  • my daughter found it easy to design- it was a fun activity to do
  • she got most of the parameters right- we tweaked it so that every player starts with 5 water drops instead of nothing
  • the amount of squares and winning goal of 15 was just right- took just under 2 complete rounds of the baord for a winner to eventuate, (with 2 players)
  • my daughter and I started to get more creative with some of the cards like- ‘loose a water drop for not brushing your teeth and having smelly breath for the day’

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PS Vita game Japanese version

PS Vita game Japanese version

I wish I was fluent in other languages.

The latest game I bought for my PS Vita is Japanese language only, (I knew this before I bought it).

I think being fluent in a language also means an understanding the country’s culture and history.

The world would be a more peaceful place if we were all fluent in multiple lanaguges!

My goal is to learn Mandarin and Spanish.

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My daughter Isabella and I were looking at the LEGO mini-figures collection we have.

We just reached the full collection of all 6 series.

A spontaneous game I played with her was to group them, kind of like tagging them.

We came up with the sets/tags for example, warrior, entertainment, sport, career, ice/snow, law, historical.

A simple game that could easily be played in any primary school classroom.

Engaging, creative, tactile, mathematical, social- it could touch on so many other discussion points.

The photos below show some of the sets we came up with.

LEGO

Some of the sets.

LEGO

We called this one the 'warrior set'.

LEGO

This was was the 'entertainment set'.

LEGO

This one was the 'tech/robot set'.

LEGO

This one was an odd one out, a set of 1.

LEGO

All the mini-figures back in the storage case.

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We’ve been working on Leornian, our 3D game about games based learning.

We’ve been creating the Leornian map and the Castle Lux layout.

Yep, the pictures are intentionally blurred.

We wouldn’t want to give too many details away and spoil the surprises and hard fun we have planned for our players!

Leornian

Leornian

Leornian

Leornian

Leornian

Leornian

 

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I like posters

I like posters, especially posters of games.

I saw this poster for Mass Effect 3 down at Parramatta train station the other day.

Mass Effect

Mass Effect 3

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Leornian Game Design Document

Leornian Game Design Document

Lately I’ve been working on a Game Design Document.

I’ve mostly done the text heavy wordly bits of the doc.

Next steps are to fill in some of the more visual and creative details like,

  • stoyboards (game flow)
  • mockups (HUD)
  • concept artwork (sketches and source images, mood board)
  • level designs (grid layout diagrams, diorama prototypes)

This will dovetail into creative briefs (2D, visuals, 3D visuals and audio) and technical briefs (functional specifications).

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Barrel of monkeys

I’ve liked this game since I was a child.

The rules are simple and the game enjoyable.

You got to love monkeys especially a barrel of them.

Barrel of monkeys

Barrel of monkeys

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