My goal with this project has been to deepen my understanding of why people play games, how to make games narratively compelling, and what technical methods are effective in play. This has allowed me to investigate both the technical, scholarly assessments of board game dynamics while also exploring their real-world applications, successes, and weaknesses. Building on my research, my project has culminated in a full prototype of an original board game that has both narrative structure and an engaging gameplay structure. I have also produced a reflection paper on the experience and an annotated bibliography of my research texts and games.
Barocas, Julian, "(Fun)ction: Developing Games From A Narrative Standpoint" (2020). English Summer Fellows. 22.
Available to all.
Presented during the 22nd Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 24, 2020 at Ursinus College.
A related presentation is available here.
The main downloadable file is a reflection paper and bibliography.
Included as a supplemental file is a game manual.