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 2018.
The most important document for this class is the
It contains useful information, including the course schedule.
Class Sessions: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am - 11:50am, ASH 221
Game Gatherings: Fridays 10:30am - 1pm
Professor: Ira Fay, (413) 559-6844, ASH 216, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Gameplay Project and
Up Sheet for Games With Ira and BGG
Class Summary Page
a Game Project and Presentation
File for Part 1
Game Project and Star
Wars: Destiny Card Design Presentation
Please see the bottom of the syllabus
to see all upcoming milestones, and read the project documents above for details.
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
Star Wars: Destiny Feedback
Star Wars: Destiny Rules
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 26 at 5:30pm
The event is open to everyone, but space is filling up fast.
Play and analyze board and card games. You are required to play at least one new
game each week. The Friday lab time from 10:30am - 1pm in ASH 221 should
facilitate that. Feel free to bring additional friends to play games with you,
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