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 2015.

Basic Info

The most important document for this class is the syllabus (pdf). It contains useful information, including the course schedule.

Class Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30am - 11:50am, FPH 101
Game Gatherings: (attend at least 1 per week) Wednesdays 2:30pm - 5pm (Library Room 205), Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm - 10pm (Library Basement, Chris Young room)
Professor: Ira Fay, (413) 559-6844, ASH 216,
Office Hours: A sign up sheet is available digitally. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 1pm - 2pm, and by appointment.
Course Email List:

Strongly Recommended Text: Kobold Guide to Board Game Design, by Richard Garfield, Steve Jackson, et al.


Weekly Gameplay Project (pdf) and associated BGG GeekList

D&D Miniatures (DDM) Project (pdf) (Last update: 2/15/14, 4pm. More updates coming soon.)

Design A Game project (pdf) (Last update: 2/15/14, 4pm.)

Upcoming Milestones

Please see the bottom of the syllabus to see all upcoming milestones, and read the project documents above for details.

IP Policy

All work in this course will be governed by this IP Agreement. Please ask Ira ASAP if you have any questions.

Useful Links

Game making supplies

How to setup your own Hampshire website

DDM Web Tools

Card Maker resources (thanks to JKQ for the link)

Previous Survey Links

Mid-Semester survey

Design A Game Blog survey

Week 1 survey

Weekly Gameplay survey

Bonus Info

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 Game Jobs email list. In fact, you might just want to browse all the lists at Hampshire and find lists that appeal to you.

Global Game Jam
Make a game in 24 hours! Free food!
Friday, January 24 at 6pm
The event is open to everyone.

Game Gatherings
Play and analyze board and card games. You are required to attend at least one session per week.
Mondays, 7pm - 10pm, Library (Basement, Chris Young B9 room)
Wednesdays, 2:30pm - 5pm, Library (Room 205, training room)
Wednesdays, 7pm - 10pm, Library (Basement, Chris Young B9 room)
The event is open to everyone.

Game Analysis: Magic the Gathering League
Explore game design concepts within the newest release of the popular card game Magic: the Gathering. No experience necessary.
Cost: $25 (and possibly some free spots)
For more information and to enroll, join the MagicLeague e-mail list.
The event is open to everyone.