Interdisciplinary Game Studio CS327

This is the official course website for Interdisciplinary Game Studio, CS 327, co-taught by Ira Fay and Bassam Kurdali at Hampshire College in Fall 2019.

Basic Info

The most important documents for this class are the syllabus and weekly schedule. They contain useful information, and you are expected to know what they contain.

Class Sessions: Mondays and Wednesdays 1pm - 2:20pm, ASH 112
Lab Session: Fridays 1pm - 4pm, ASH 126
Ira Fay, (413) 559-6844, ASH 216, and contact me on Slack. Office Hours: By appointment. A sign up sheet is available digitally.
Bassam Kurdali, (413) 559-6296, ASH 220, Office Hours: By appointment via

Course Slack Channel: Hampshire Game Dev (sign up here, then click "Channels" on the left nav and choose #cs327)


Project details will be posted here when they are available.

Assignment 1

Useful Links

Portfolio Folder (open only for a short time - will close at noon on Thursday, 9/7)

Reactor Solitaire Game Design Document (GDD)

Intellectual Policy (IP) Agreement

List of Roles

Bonus Info

Email Lists
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 or Game Jam email lists. Programmers might want to join the Computer Science list, and artists might want to join the Animation list. In fact, you might just want to browse all the lists at Hampshire and find lists that appeal to you.

Game Library
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
GlowLime Games is a mostly-defunct student group that focused on facilitating game development among students in the Five College area. If you are interested in starting it up again, please contact Ira on Slack.

Pioneer 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
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 know.

Game Gatherings
Ira regularly explores new board games, ideally playing them with students to increase all of our experience. If you're interested, contact him on Slack!

Game Stores
For some projects or just general fun, it may be useful for you to be aware of nearby boardgame stores.

Previous Survey Links

Future Team Survey

Final Survey

Week 7 Survey

Week 5 Survey

Mobile Device Survey

Week 2 Survey

Welcome Survey