Computers are inherently full of distractions, and this remains true when designing games digitally. The opportunity to create graphics, story, effects, scripted events and so forth is always there, distracting creators from the rules of the game.
However, the creation and modding of pen and paper board games has been found to be a very effective focusing tool, forcing you to get right down to the rules and gameplay of a project.
Game design consultant James Wallis will lead you through this one day workshop, going from basic design principles all the way to a playable prototype in one day.
The Skills Week Game Design Workshop will take place on Thursday the 30th of October, at 01zero-one college in Soho.
Westminster Kingsway College
The Game Design Workshop is part of Skills Week (www.skillsweek.com). Skillsweek is part of the London Games Fringe, a festival of alternative gaming events at the end of October 2008, organised by artists, academics, gamers, game developers, educators and creative professionals from a wide range of different media: www.londongamesfringe.com
Pixel-Lab is a consultancy and a production company working across the UK’s computer game and digital media industries. Within the public sector, Pixel-Lab advises, develops and delivers strategies to support industry growth nationally and regionally, from skills to innovation development. Within the private sector, Pixel-Lab is in touch with its roots and deep-seated passion for games and content, working with individual organisations within the industry to enable business growth and develop better development practises. Pixel-Lab also works with organisations outside the industry, enabling them to harness the power of games. Pixel-Lab encompasses a knowledge base of over 16 years in the gaming and games development sectors. This understanding coupled with a passion for the industry drives Pixel-Lab to support the industry and make the connections that will encourage continued growth.
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