Description

Una Memoria is a game about life and death. Players take the role of the collective conscious of an individual who is looking over their life one last time before passing to the other side. When the game ends, so does the person’s life. Who is this person? What did they care about? Why are they dying? These are questions that you will have a chance to answer in

Una Memoria.

Year: 2018

Course: Exploratory Concept Design

Role: Designer

Team Members: Jack Hart, Alisa Sisson, Kyros Jalife, Anthony Calabresi

Link to Post-Mortem

 

TRUTH

Description

A social game that mimics the way that "truths" get determined by society. The game presents ambiguous images from the classic psychological Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) and asks people to describe their version of the truth of each image. The game starts with many individual truths, but will usually end with two competing factions arguing their own truth.

Year: 2018

Course: Exploratory Concept Design

Role: Designer

Team Members: Kyros Jalife, Alisa Sisson, Jack Hart

 

Gameplay Rules

Number of players: 8+ (ideally 20-30)

Goal: Unstated

Setup: All players start with 1 Truth card from a list of categories drawn from the TAT.

Gameplay: 

  • A random photo is shown, all groups must argue the truth of the photo is related to one of their group members' Truth cards.

  • The game starts with only individuals, but groups form based on players who voted for the same truth.

  • Players do not need to vote for their own groups truth.

  • Players gain 1 Truth card if they voted for the most popular truth.

  • Players gain 3 Truth cards if their Truth card was the most popular truth. 

Link to Post-Mortem

 

Witness Ryder

Description

Solve line puzzles in Ryder Hall by lining up blue lines of tape based on the provided clues. Based on The Witness, this game takes spatial puzzle solving into the physical world, and provides a proof of concept for an AR puzzle game with a similar mechanic.

Year: 2018

Course: Exploratory Concept Design

Role: Concept Design, Puzzle Constructor

Team Members: Jack Hart, Alisa Sisson, Gina Fabio

Link to Post-Mortem

 
 

Hexagami

Description

An origami-inspired board game where you flip and fold tiles to move your token to the other end of the board before your opponents.

Year: 2017

Course: Game Design and Analysis

Role: Concept Design, Level Design, Animator

Team Members: Ruiming Wang, Gina Fabio

 

Gameplay Rules

Number of players: 3

Goal: Move your tile to the opposite side of the board by folding tiles.

Setup: Players place their token on the hexagon opposite the color matching their token. The board should have no gaps in it, if there are, flip hex tiles until the gap is covered.

Movement Actions: Player tokens cannot be interacted with directly, instead they must be moved by flipping hex tiles around them. Tiles available to flip include: 1) tile under the player 2) tile directly adjacent to the player 3) tile that will be adjacent to your player token after flipping.

Number of Actions per turn: 3

Turn order: A die is rolled to determine who goes first. The winner only takes 2 actions this turn. Game continues clockwise.

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Programming: Ruiming Wang

Level Design: Alex Coburn

Art Design: Gina Fabio

 

Intergalactic Dancing Robot

Description

IGDR is a sci -fi, dancing-robot, rhythm-game that features a robot dancing his way to the Bi-Millennial Universal Dance Competition (BMUDC) while trying not to die. Players lines up their character with the holographic dance poses to successfully pass to the next galaxy. Since dance-powered FTL travel expends a lot of energy, the player must collect enough orbs on certain limbs in order to stay alive.

Year: 2017

Class: Game Design and Analysis

Role: Concept Design, Level Design, Animator

Team Members: Erinc Argimak, Kyros Jalife, Bharadwaj Tolety

 

Gameplay Rules

  • Four keys control four limbs

  • Limbs change between two set states (states differ per level)

  • Player charge decreases over time, and decreases more when they miss orbs

  • Players lose when the charge hits 0%

  • To keep charge up, players collect orbs by matching the robot limbs with the hologram limbs.

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Password: IGDR

 
Cap Attack !

Description

Cap Attack is a 2-on-1 asymmetric board game where two hero players work together to try to defeat a boss player by creating patterns with their caps on the board. 

Year: 2015

Class: Foundations of Game Design

Role: Sole Creator and Designer

 

Gameplay Rules

Goal: Collect 12 Opponent Caps

Setup:

Boss (1 player)

  • Shuffle the Boss Pattern Cards and draw 5

  • Take 20 Tokens

Heroes (2 players)

  • Shuffle the Hero Pattern Cards and draw 2 each

  • Take 5 Tokens each

 

Bonus Cards: Shuffle the Bonus Cards and place 2 on the table. Meeting the requirements on a Bonus Card during the game grants you bonus Tokens (Heroes split Tokens).

 

Starting the Game:

  1. Boss adds 5 Caps to the board

  2. Each Hero adds 2 Caps to the board

  3. Boss takes their turn

  4. Heroes take their respective turns, choosing who plays first each turn

  5. Boss has the option to Hijack between the Heroes’ turns

 

Setup

Description

Unfinished Puzzle is a maze puzzle game inspired by Unfinished Swan where the path is unknown to the player until they 'paint' the next tile. 

Year: 2014

Class: Rapid Idea Prototyping

Role: Sole Designer and Creator

Gameplay Rules

Goal: Create and maintain a viable path from the starting tile to the unfinished swan. There may be several viable paths at a time, but there must always be a path that connects from the starting tile to any tile that gets flipped over. If no more moves are available to the player, then he/she loses.

Movement:

1) Player flips tiles over, one at a time, that are adjacent to any flipped-over tile as long as there is a viable path from the starting dot to that tile.

2) When a tile is flipped, the play may choose to turn that tile any way he or she wants and place it back down. The tile will then remain in this position unless it is swapped.

3) The player may swap-in one of his/her 3 swap-in tiles with a tile that has been flipped.

4) Players may only swap-in a single tile after flipping-over a new tile, and may not swap-in another tile until another tile is flipped.

UnfinishedPuzzle

Setup

Gameplay

Completed Puzzle

Description

Guesstimation is a physical estimation game with 3 phases where 2 players gain points by being better at estimating sizes, counts, weights, and heights.

Year: 2014

Class: Rapid Idea Prototyping

Role: Sole Designer and Creator

Gameplay Rules

Stage 1: Estimating Materials

1pt: Players get 15 seconds to estimate the number of a certain color of toothpick in the jar.  Closest wins the point.

2pts: Split your 40g ball of tack as close to in half as possible, 3 times.  After each split, weigh both halves and keep the lighter one, setting aside the heavier half.  The player with the heaviest ball of tack after the 3 splits wins. Be sure to keep the final ball of tack separate because it is used in stage 2. No tools can be used other than hands. Final weights are kept hidden from each other and judged by a third person.

Stage 2: Tower of Estimation

Each player gets 6 minutes to build a tower with their tack and 14 toothpicks.  The target height for all players is determined by this formula: 2 inches + (Player 1 D3 dice roll + Player 2 D3 dice roll) inches.  For example, Player 1 rolls a 3, and Player 2 rolls a 1, then they would both be trying to build a tower of 6 inches (2 + 3 + 1).

2pts: Player with a tower closest to the target height wins.

1pt: Both players gather all tack that they actively used to build (touching a toothpick in the tower).  Each player then estimates the total combined weight of both balls of tack. Closest wins.

Stage 3: Weighted Ball of Tack

2pts: Both players roll a D3 die again and add their rolls together, which they then multiply by a D6 roll from either player [D6 x (P1D3 + P2D3)].  This final number becomes the target weight in grams of a ball of tack that the players must make. For example, a 5 is rolled on the D6, Player 1 rolls a 2 on the D3, and Player 2 rolls a 3 on the D3, so both players must try to create a ball of tack as close to 25g as possible (5 x (2 + 3)).  Closest wins.

Tie-breaker:

1pt: Both players get 4 minutes to build the tallest tower they can out of the tack and toothpicks.  Tallest wins.

Guesstimation

 

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