This is an archive of a past course's class materials from 2011. Present "Games & Society" students should look elsewhere to find their coursework; consult your current syllabus for more information.
The designer and intstructor of this lab course, Jason McIntosh, has written notes and commentary about this course which may be of interest to other teachers. You can contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page links to resources and homework assignments for NU's GAME1111 course, taught by Jason McIntosh.
If you have any questions, please email the instructor (email@example.com).
The slideshow I presented during the first week. Includes a step-by-step transformation of a D-grade in-class writing assignment into a B-grade one, taken from this blog post by Darius Kazemi. (Please note that a real research paper would need citations, as well.)
Before you attend each week's class, set aside some time to browse that week's page in the list below. Each page links to rules and free online editions of the game, enough to let you become familiar with the games' rules on your own.
There will, in fact, be a quiz...
Cosmic Wimpout and Can't Stop
Poker and Lamarckian Poker
Tetris and Blokus
Hunt the Wumpus, Choice of Broadsides, and Lost Pig
Donkey Kong and Limbo
Design exercise: Creating Dominion cards
Design exercise: Testing and critiquing Dominion cards
Forbidden Island and Left 4 Dead
McDonald's Videogame, Passage, and Galatea
Werewolf, Action Castle, Diplomacy, and wrap-up
The saved games from our in-class Lost Pig sessions, if you'd like to pick up where we left off.
Some followup information about Dominion, including design essays by that game's creator and others.
Many of the fan-made board game adaptations we link to here require that your computer has Java installed. Unfortunately, it's likely you don't have Java, especially if you have a newer Mac or PC. (For various reasons, many board game fans who are also computer programmers tend to be old-school types who just loooove Java. C'est la vie.)
Happily, installing Java on your computer is free and relatively painless. To download and install Java on your computer, follow this link.