Designing Treasure Hunts, CS 227
This is the official course website for Designing Treasure Hunts: An Earth Day
Celebration, CS 227,
taught by Ira Fay at Hampshire College in Spring 2019.
The most important document for this class is the syllabus. I spent hours crafting it, and I
believe it contains useful information, including the course schedule.
Class Sessions: Mondays and Wednesday, 10:30am - 11:50am, FPH 101
Lab: Fridays, 10:30am - 11:50am, FPH 101
Professor: Ira Fay, (413) 559-6844, ASH 216, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: By appointment. A
sign up sheet is available
Course Slack Channel: Hampshire Game Dev
(sign up here, then click
"Channels" on the left nav and choose #cs227)
IP Agreement: IP
Agreement for this course
Project details will be posted here when they are available.
Design Journal project.
First Puzzle project.
Second Puzzle project.
Hint 1: It's important to map out a plan in case of emergency. Google might help.
Hint 2: Don't over-react. It's better to be under-stated during an emergency.
Hint 3: The numbers are GPS coordinates. Google can help map it. The answer can be found under something emergency-related.
The Answer: Actual Second Puzzle project.
Third Puzzle project.
Fourth Puzzle project.
Fifth Puzzle project.
Week 5 Check In
Throughout the semester, students present game-related news to the class, which
hopefully puts our work in context of the greater world. The articles from the
last time I taught this course (in 2015!) are listed
First, ensure you're on the Hampshire Game Dev Slack, since we use that for a lot of information.
In addition, for Game Development at Hampshire and in the Five
Colleges, join the Game
Development email list. You may also want to join the
Jobs email list. In fact, you might just want to
browse all the lists at Hampshire and
find lists that appeal to you.
Every Thursday from noon - 2:30pm, Ira will be hosting a board game playing
session in ASH 136. It's open to everyone, and is a nice way to learn new games.
This can also satisfy CEL1 if needed.
We are fortunate that the Hampshire library has an ever-growing
collection of board
games and digital games. Students, staff, and faculty members have access to
this great resource. Please make use of it, and feel free to give feedback to
Ira on your experience.
GlowLime Games is a student group focused on facilitating game development among
students in the Five College area. They are an amazing resource, and anyone
interested in game development should check them out. You can pitch your own
ideas and/or contribute to other games.
Valley Game Developers (PVGD)
The Pioneer Valley Game Developers (PVGD) meetup group is another great resource
and community for game developers in the area.
The Quarters is an incredible arcade +
restaurant. They have my full support, and their food is excellent and
reasonably priced. If anyone beats my
high score on Arkanoid, please let me
Word Snack and Project IONA
These are two digital games made by Hampshire students, staff, faculty, and Five
College members. Each game was made in a semester as part of the
Interdisciplinary Game Studio course. Try them out!
For some projects or just general fun, it may be useful for you to be aware