Analog Game Design, CS 297
This is the official course website for Analog Game Design, CS 297,
taught by Ira Fay at Hampshire College in Spring 2020.
The most important documents for this class are the
and the schedule.
They contain useful information, so please read them!
Class Sessions: Mondays and Wednesdays 1pm - 2:20pm, FPH 103
Labs: Fridays 1pm - 3:50pm
Professor: Ira Fay, (413) 559-6844, ASH 216, email@example.com
A sign up sheet is available digitally.
Course Slack Channel: Hampshire Game Dev
(sign up here, then click
"Channels" on the left nav and choose #cs297)
Strongly Recommended Text: Kobold
Guide to Board Game
Design, by Richard Garfield, Steve Jackson, et al.
a Game Project
File for Part 1 and
Example Slides for Part 1.
Assignment 1: Game Decision Matrix
Assignment 2: Expansion Rules
Sign Up Sheet for Games With Ira
All work in this course will be governed by Hampshire's
Intellectual Property (IP) Policy. Please ask Ira ASAP if you have any questions.
Game making supplies
How to setup your own Hampshire website
DDM Web Tools
Maker resources (thanks to JKQ for the link)
Slides from a previous game design class:
Programming for Game Designers
Programming for Game Designers, Part 2
Programming for Game Designers, Part 3
Programming for Game Designers, Part 4
Slides from Class 1, which provide an overview of the course.
Slides on Writing Game Rules
Slides on Playtesting
Previous Survey Links
KeyForge Final Survey
KeyForge Judge Test
Week 4 survey
If you want to know about 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. Ensure you're also on the HampshireGameDev Slack for this
Global Game Jam
Make a game in 48 hours! Free food!
Friday, January 31 at 5pm
The event is open to everyone and should be lots of fun and good experience!
Play and analyze board and card games. Contact Ira, Matt, or your TA to organize
a time to play games!
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 now-defunct student group that focused on facilitating game development among
students in the Five College area. If you are interested in restarting this
club, please contact Ira!
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