Sunday, 25 March 2012

Game Design and Production Homework 7 - Hero Character

Character Interview
What is your name?
My name is Amahté. It means “To have power over”.
I am a male.
I am Egyptian.
I believe in the great Deities.
Currently, I am 19 years of age.
Where were you born?
I was born near the Nile River to my late mother. My mother and my father were hiding near the Nile river, because at the time, my mother was pregnant. The baby was to be born within a quiet town, until it was thrown over and destroyed by the pharaoh. From then, my parents had hid themselves, conceiving me, and for the next five years, protected me, hoping that they could escape peacefully. However, that state of peace was interrupted by the pharaoh.
 What about your parents—where are they, and are they alive?
My parents are no longer alive. They died when I was at the age of 5. When I was 5, my parents were taken into slavery, by the current pharaoh, but I did not know for when they died after that because they left me behind to stay safe, and fend for myself. However, when I was taken into slavery, I had asked the slaves around me about my parents, but they said they died as of two years ago for trying to escape.
 When you were growing up, did you struggle, and if so, in what way?
From when my parents died at the age of 5, I went on struggling to live, and not be captured for slavery. I was able to remain safe from slavery and toil until the age of 7 when I was captured.
What year is it now?
The year right now is 3172 BC. The current pharaoh has us being slaves and building more and more for him. We are to build another pyramid under his name.
How would someone stereotype you at a glance?
Someone would naturally stereotype me as a slave within hold of the current pharaoh. I am one of the darker slaves, because I am outside, usually in the sun, doing work, or trying to take resources for the escape and freedom of my people.
Do you have a romantic partner? If so, whom?
As of now, I currently have no romantic partner. I have no time for such a relationship, I must tend to my people. Romantic partners during this time of slavery would be painful, for my one concern is that if I was to love someone specifically, if they were caught, I would not be able to be happy until they are free and also with my people and comrades.
Who is your best friend and what is he/she/it like?
My best friends name is Ahmirad. He is very loyal, and wants to help me free my people. We have known each other for 10 years, and we are inseparable.
 How would your friend describe you?
Ahmirad would probably describe me as a silly individual, but brave and hardworking with a heart that goes to everyone.
What is your economic situation? What have you done for work?
The economic situation is terrible under the current pharaoh… I have no job. I am a slave to the pharaoh and am only able certain meals.
Would you steal?
If to help my people, then yes I would steal. So be it.
How do you feel about lying?
When it comes to lying, I will lie to anyone above me under the rule of the pharaoh or against me freeing the slaves, otherwise, I do not lie. I lie to my enemies. Not my comrades. I lie to protect, not to gain.
Can you be trusted by your friends?
I would hope that I am. I hope only for their well-being and not their downfall.
Do you have any other vices?
At the moment, I have no other vices, than freeing the slaves, and keeping everyone safe.
What makes you happy? What makes you sad?
What makes me happy is seeing my comrades in the notion of happiness. If my comrades and people are sad, I share their feelings in sadness.
What is the one secret that no one must know about you?
I have no secrets, for I must be true to all of my comrades.
Are you afraid to die?
I am scared to die, but if for my comrades or people, I will risk my life at any time.
Do you have any phobias?
I try to not be afraid of anything, I rather confront my fears and defeat them. The one thing in life that I cannot defeat is death. With this, I could say that my one phobia is death.
Are you quick tempered or patient?
I am patient as far as I may be knowledgeable about myself. Ahmirad may say otherwise.

Biography Description
Name:  Amahté
Birthplace: Nile River, Egypt
Current Location: Slavery Location near Pyramids
Age: 19
Religion: Great Deities
Race: Egyptian
Spoken Languages: English
Weight: 140 lbs.
Height: 5”8
Eye colour: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Amahté is an Egyptian man. He lives in a slavery camp near the pyramids in Egypt. Although he was never a bad person or even child, he was taken into slavery, and forced to work until he dies. At the age of 9, he met his best friend Ahmirad, which would eventually prove to be a person who is crucial to the plan that he is making in order to free all of his comrades and slaves to create a peaceful life. After the age of 10, he had started plotting an escape for all the slaves. Through sly tactics and help from his best friend Ahmirad, his collection of items for the escape has proceeded smoothly and safely. It has been 9 years, and Amahté feels that his chance to escape has finally arrived. Amahté could be the hero of the slaves and his people, if the plan succeeds so, then he will be, else he may die in the process.
Amahté is an admirable person. He is very patient and is very willing to plan well when it comes to certain outcomes. He is silly with his friend Ahmirad and is able to be himself naturally around him. When it comes to his comrades and his people, he is very caring and would never betray anyone. These traits lead him to be able to make comrades and close friends very quickly and also enable people to believe in him.
Although very patient and planning, he can be quite obvious with some movements, so with the help of Ahmirad, he is able to conceal movement, and make it more silent in order for the guards of the pharaoh, and the pharaoh himself. The obvious movement flaw is the only thing that may lead to his downfall. Because of this, it shows that he needs his friend Ahmirad in order to show his perfection to his plans and other efforts.
Personal History and Story Arc
Amahte was born near the Nile River in Egypt. His parents were escaping slavery and trying to hide around the time that he was born. The place in which the parents were escaping to and hiding, was a very poor town. Though saddening, they never lost hope in their child Amahte. At the age of five, the parents of Amahte were taken, and everything was in chaos, though Amahte was aware of his parents actions, even at such a young age. From his age of five, Amahte scavenged and survived for two years on his own, fending for himself, and overcoming his fears, up until the day he was captured and put into slavery.
Soon after becoming a slave, Amahte was distraught, but his feelings of freedom, love, and peace never escaped him. Two years passed, and he met his best friend Ahmirad. A year after this, he had planned to make an escape for the slaves. Such a valiant idea for such a young man, obviously the other slaves said he was a fool, but some believed in him and developed an admiration, for without it, some of their lives could not continue because of the strife.
As years pass, Amahte, with some help from Ahmirad continuously planned and made efforts to enable the escape of the slaves. Although very dangerous, they never lost hope. They continued making escape routes secretly, and taking weapons in order to defend themselves. These actions continued for 10 years..
Amahte is now 19, and plans to make the escape for all of the slaves. He is waiting for a few months for the escape...and his plan may be taken to fruition…

Defining Moment 1:
While carrying a plan out, one person could make a plan, but it takes a team to be able to accomplish it properly, or bring it to fruition. What Amahté did, is that he assembled a great force of strong willed, and loyal people into a group, made plans, and was able to get them all including himself to work, and make escape routes in which would make escaping easier. He then was able to free the slaves, in which did create a battle with the guards and the pharaoh. However, because of the people that he was able to assemble, he was able to free everyone properly and create peace, even under the current pharaoh.

Defining Moment 2:
Soon after being able to free the slaves, the people felt to elect Amahté to be the next pharaoh. With this, they all felt that the people would be safe from harm, considering his heart, resolve, and the want for freedom and peace that he had held onto all of his life. Ahmirad would be appointed to a high ranked guard of the pharaoh Amahté, and the other guards would be the people from the group that Amahté had initially made to help free all the slaves.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Game Design and Production Blog 10 - Hopscotch Game (INFR 2330)

Snowboard Cross: Hopscotch Edition

Hello! Welcome to my blog!
Today, I will be talking about a hopscotch assignment given to us for the Game Design and Production class.

When in class, our teacher asked us to get into groups and told us to make a brief half-an-hour study on the game of hopscotch. We were able to come up with a couple of different aspects, and rules for the game of hopscotch.

Here is what we had found:

Creating the Hopscotch Prototype:
Different Skills involved in Hopscotch:
- Jump, Balance, Toss the rock into in the square (aim), patience/focus.
Luck Elements Involved:
- Rock lands and rolls (unlucky)
- weather conditions (push you or resist you with wind)

Apparently, we were supposed to use all aspects in which we found, and implement them into a game. As I continued reading into the aspects we found, it kept pointing me back to the game "Snowboard Cross" which was mine and Tyler Bibacks first game for this class.

When I went through the aspects, this is what I linked all the aspects to:

Different Skills involved in Hopscotch:
- Jump(Jumps in snowboarding)
- Toss the rock into the square(aim) -> toss an object(given) within a square on another board...whatever you land on, is what you move
- patience/focus (landing jumps and acing turns)

Luck Elements Involved:
- Rock lands and rolls(unlucky) -> when you throw the object onto the space(grid) with a certain number that you want, and it rolls one extra spot, in which gives you the number you did not want
- Certain cards enable you to go faster or hold you back...its the luck of the draw (certain spaces on the game board)

With this, we made a Skype call to the entire group, and the majority agreed on these mechanics, so with this, we worked it into the old rules of the game.

Here is the modified ruleset to compensate for Hopscotch:

Included: 32 Icy Cards,  Freestyle Boardcross Race-To-Survival Boardgame(Remix), 4 game pieces, 1 rock.
Number of Players: 4

What is the game?

These judges are crazy! It seems you and your 3 friends have been thrown into a snowboard cross race – in the white slopes Boarder’s Hell. As soon as the last boarder is out of the gates, the peak of the mountain will be blown up with TNT causing an avalanche to come crumbling down behind you! If the snow bunnies are on your side, you will be the first to cross the finish line and guarantee your survival! Keep playing until 2nd and 3rd place has crossed the finish line. If you do not cross the finish line by the time the speed deck is reshuffled three times, the avalanche will kill you! As an added penalty, you may be dealt time penalties (and forced back uphill) or if you happen to fall 3 times you are automatically disqualified from the race and you pack it up and go home.

Who gets the head start out of the gates?

To move in this game, you throw the given object onto the grid which is filled with numbers. Whoever lands on the highest number, is able to get out of the gates first.

To start your turn, roll a die onto the gridded board. Move the correct number of spaces downhill as stated on the board. If the deck of Icy cards gets shuffled twice and runs out, the avalanche has caught up to you and consumes you. You are dead and the game is over for you. After moving from the original toss of the object onto the grid, and dealing with icy spots as appropriate, your turn is over. The player sitting to the right begins their turn next.

Icy Spots

If you land on an Icy Spot, draw an Icy card. If the card tells you to move again and you land on another Icy Spot:
  • Do not draw another Icy card.
  • If you land on icy spot on the take-off for a jump, you must throw the rock onto the grid in which is greater than 4 to make sure you will maintain your balance and control when you land.  Stay on the ramp until your next turn. (See Jumps)
  • If the icy spot is on a quarter-pipe turn, you must throw the object on the grid on a space marked 3 or higher and finish rounding the corner before ending your turn. (See Quarter-Pipe Turns)

Icy Cards

Icy Cards are the ‘make or break’ cards of this game. They may either aid or hurt you. Some Icy Cards will cause you to move downhill, others make you go back uphill. Some cards will even cause you to fall landing you another X in your Fall Count. Good Luck! You will need it.


If you land on one of the icy patches leading to a jump, you have landed on a Focus Spot. Instead of picking up another Icy card, you must throw the object onto the grid to determine if you are focused enough to land the jump properly or not. You must land on a space on the grid labeled 10 or higher. If it is anything lower, you fall and sprain your ankle which counts as another X towards your Fall Count. . You do not complete the jump during your current turn; instead you must wait until your next turn and continue normally.

Quarter-pipe Turns

These turns have massive walls like Quarter-Pipes allowing boarders to ride the wall and gain maximum speed on the corners of the course! If you land on the Icy Spot on the corners, you must throw the object onto the grid on a space marked 3 or higher and get off the icy corner before you can end your turn. If the throw of the object doesn’t get you farther than the 3 spaces, your turn ends and you must go back uphill 2 spaces.

We got through this well and receiving fine marks for the work.

Thanks for reading my post!

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Questions to consider:
  1. Do you like the changes we made to the game? If not, why?
  2. Do you know of any other modifications that we could have made to this game so that we could improve? If so, what are they?

Game Design and Production Blog 9 - Farm Game (INFR 2330) (INFR 2330)

Can YOU tell the seasons where certain type of fruits and vegetables grow?!

Hello! Welcome to my blog!
Today, I will be talking about a farming assignment given to us for the Game Design and Production class.

With this assignment, we were to make a game in order to teach people when which fruit and/or vegetables are in season…

When I saw this, I thought to myself… "HOW?!" it was a really rough start… but after a while of thinking, I came up with a good thought.

If one was to teach about fruits or vegetables within four seasons, why not make a board with four seasons? So I created a rule-set utilising this idea.

In this game, a board is divided into four, and there is a deck of cards in which represent the seeds. Every turn, a player is able to draw a card (draw a seed card) so that they could be able to plant another fruit, or vegetable.

Here is a rule-set going further into detail about the game:

What is the game?

You’re a farmer trying to get the most amount of harvest before ten years end.


Go around the board twice, planting, and harvesting. Whoever has the most harvest, wins the game after going around the board twice.

How to play

The board is divided into four sections: summer, spring, fall and winter.  You start in the spring. In the spring, you can plant and harvest vegetables, and fruits. This also counts for the summer. In the fall, you can only harvest mushrooms and hay. In the winter, you cannot harvest anything, except some special herbs that may grow regardless of season.

Every season has 20 spaces to travel in. In each season, there are a certain amount of dirt spaces. However, the only proper seasons in which you could plant and harvest foods is in the spring and summer. In the spring and summer, you can plant any seed in the dirt spaces. You can only harvest after 5 spaces pass within each season. If out of a season, the next time you come back to the season in which you had planted your seeds, your harvest would still be alive for you to harvest.

There are a deck of seeds. Each turn, everyone draws from the deck of seeds. Each seed has a name on the card so you know what you are planting, and if you can or not. Each time a seed is planted, you take a marker so that you know what type of seed it is, and that you planted it. On the bottom of the marker ( a tile with two sides), you get your harvest.

You are only able to plant and harvest during your turn.

Before each season, there is an event space of which everyone passes over. There are four decks for these event spaces. The event spaces can be either good or bad. For example, if you land on a space before winter, a card that you could draw could be like “oh no! Winter has come too fast, all of your previous crops have shrivelled up, and died.”

An example of a good card could be, if before summer, “all crops that you planted in the spring have grown because of the sun! you may harvest them all.”


With all of this, I thought I was done, but as I thought about it after I had submitted it, I thought of more things to add to the game.

Thanks for reading my post!

Kazekumaru -- Peacing Out!

Questions to consider:
  1. If you like the rule-set, would you like to see it made into an actual game?
  2. What other changes do you think could be made to the game from just reading this?

Game Design and Production Blog 8 - Spider Solitaire: Competitive Version (INFR 2330)

Spider Solitaire: Competitive Remix

Hello! Welcome to my blog!
Today, I will be talking about the solitaire assignment given to us for the Game Design and Production class.

In our previous class before our professors had went to GDC (Game Developer Conference), we were assigned a few different pieces of homework. One of these things were to make a competitive solitaire game. Although on the internet, other students had found actual competitive versions of solitaire, I wanted to make a new one. With this, I had to research for a game in which I enjoyed when it comes to solitaire. The main game of solitaire that I had enjoyed since childhood, was spider solitaire.

Spider solitaire was a game in which I would play repeatedly because of the look and different gameplay than normal solitaire. I had later introduced this game to my grandmother, and then she got hooked to the game faster than I initially did.

Here are the normal rules for Spider Solitaire:

What is the game?

Spider solitaire uses two decks of cards. You have 10 tableau piles. 54 cards are dealt to these piles (6 cards are dealt to first four piles and 5 cards to the remaining ones). Top card of each pile is face up.


The objective of the game is to build 8 sequences within each suit downward (in order of King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace). Whoever gets 5 sequences wins (competitive addition to the original game.)

How to play

Top cards of tableau piles are available to play. You can build tableau piles down regardless of suit, ending at Ace. You cannot build a King on an Ace. One card at a time can be moved from pile to pile. Groups of cards in sequence down by following suit may be moved as a unit.

When any of tableaus are empty you are able to fill space with any card or group of cards.
When you have made all the available plays on the board, click on the stock pile to deal one card on each tableau pile. All gaps (empty spaces) in the tableau have to be filled before the deal.

Now, here is the competitive remix of which I added onto the initial game:

Competitive Remix

In order to play this game with two people, there can be turns. Roll a die in order to see who goes first. Whoever gets the higher number goes first.

In order to win the game, follow normal rules. Whoever has more sequences in suit by the end wins (First to 5 wins). In order to interrupt your opponent, you can roll a die ONCE during each of their turns to either aid you, or place your opponent in the negative. You must roll a 6. If you roll a 6, you can take a card in which they would need to put a card down (ex. They want to put down their final ace, and are going to put it onto a 2.), and move the card onto another pile, so that they have to take an extra turn, putting that card back.

That's my blog for this week! I hope you guys enjoyed it!

Thanks for reading my post!

Kazekumaru -- Peacing Out!

Questions to consider:
  1. If you find a problem with my rules, what is it? Leave a comment!
  1. Would you like any further discussion as to how I thought of any remix of a game? or how my mind works when I think of it?