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UNIT ONE: BRANCHING NARRATIVE GAMES

WEEK 1, DAY 1: (1/17)
IN CLASS
Introduction to course
MDA exercise
Overview of course and assignments

WEEK 1, DAY 2: (1/19)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch two videos:
Game Stories, Episode 1: What Is a Game Story
Game Stories Deep Dive #1: Narrative, Interactivity, Dramatic Agency

–Digging Deeper–
GS#1
Dungeons & Dragons (D&D Basic RulesD&D Character Sheets)
History of D&D: Erik Mona, “From the Basement to the Basic Set.”
Critical Role
Tales of the Arabian Nights (TotAN Rulebook)
Gone Home
Peter Munthe-Kaas, “Transmitting a Political Vision Through Larp.”
Emma Wieslander, “Portraying Love and Trying New Genders.”
Choose Your Own Adventures
DD#1
First person thread at Electronic Book Review
Third Person
Eric Zimmerman, “Narrative, Interactivity, Play, and Games.”
Janet Murray, “From Game-Story to Cyberdrama.”

WEEK 2, DAY 1: (1/24)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories, Episode 2: Branching Narratives

–Digging Deeper–
Jesse Schell, “The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses.” (amazon)
Silent Age
Thirty Flights of Loving
Her Story (iOS, Android)
The Stanley Parable
Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones (amazon)
Julio Cortozar, Hopscotch (amazon)
Raymond Queneau, “A Story as You Like It.”
Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek
Buffalo Castle
Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Lone Wolf Gamebooks

1 on 1 Adventure Gamebooks
Dave Morris, Heart of Ice (amazon)
Twine

WEEK 2, DAY 2: (1/26)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch two videos:
Game Stories, Episode 3: Pruning the Branches
Game Stories Deep Dive #2: 80 Days

–Digging Deeper–
Paul Nelson, “Designing Branching Narratives.”
Jon Ingold, “Adventures in Text: Innovating in Interactive Fiction.”
Michael James Heron & Pauline Helen Belford, “All of Your Co-Workers Are Gone: Story, Substance, and the Empathic Puzzler.”
80 Days (iOS, Android)
Meg Jayanth,“80 Days and Unexpected Stories.”
Meg Jayanth, “Fantasy, History, and Respect.”

Grade Contracts DUE: Friday by midnight!

WEEK 3, DAY 1: (1/31)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories, Episode 4: Choices That Matter

–Digging Deeper–
Colossal Cave Adventure (map)
Parsley Games
Dan Fabulich, “5 Rules for Writing Interesting Choices in Multiple-Choice Games.”
Alexis Kennedy, “Choice, Consequence and Complicity.”
Extra Credits, “Choice and Conflict – What Does Choice Mean in Games?”
Extra Credits, “Choices vs Consequences – What Player Decisions Mean in Games.”

WEEK 3, DAY 2: (2/2)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch two videos:
Game Stories, Episode 5: Writing with Variables
Game Stories Deep Dive #3: Persuasive Games

–Digging Deeper–
Twine Forums
Twine Harlowe Manual
Telltale Games, The Walking Dead (iOS, Android)
Ian Bogost, Persuasive Games
McDonald’s Video Game
Depression Quest

WEEK 4, DAY 1: (2/7)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch two videos:
Game Stories, Episode 6: Building Characters with Variables

–Digging Deeper–
Fallout: New Vegas
Mark Brown, “Anatomy of a Side Quest: Beyond the Beef.”
UW Milwaukee LGBT Resource Center, “Gender Pronouns.”

WEEK 4, DAY 2: (2/9)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories, Episode 7: Dynamic Character Variables

–Digging Deeper–
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (iOS, Android)
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Kaelin Lavallee and Mark Wilson, “Worlds Collide: Combining Story and Systems in Dragon Age: Inquisition.”
Jon Ingold, “Adventures in Text: Innovating in Interactive Fiction.”

WEEK 5, DAY 1: (2/14)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories, Episode 8: Moral Systems

–Digging Deeper–
Mark Brown, “Morality in the Mechanics.”
Papers Please (iOS)
Undertale
This War of Mine (iOS, Android)

WEEK 5, DAY 2: (2/16) PLAY TESTING IN CLASS!!!
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories, Episode 9: Open Worlds, Responsive Characters

–Digging Deeper–
Ken Levine, “Narrative Legos.”

Branching Narrative Game DUE: Sunday 2/19 by midnight!

UNIT TWO: TABLE TOP RPG ADVENTURE

WEEK 6, DAY 1: (2/21)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories, Episode 10: World Building

–Digging Deeper–
Star Wars Sourcebook, 2nd ed
Chris Baker, “How a ‘D&D’-style RPG Brought ‘Star Wars’ Back from the Dead.”
Mark Wolf, Building Imaginary Worlds (amazon)
Mark Wolf interviewed by Henry Jenkins Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4
Trent Hergenrader’s World Building 101 slides (and more and more)
Any video from the World Building Institute

WEEK 6, DAY 2: (2/23)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories, Episode 11: Environmental Storytelling

–Digging Deeper–
Henry Jenkins, “Game Design as Narrative Architecture.”
Harvey Smith and Matthias Worch “What Happened Here?” slides
Gone Home (if you haven’t played it yet)
Deep Carbon Observatory

WEEK 7, Day 1: (2/28)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories, Episode 12: RPG Genres

–Digging Deeper–
rpggeek.com
Shadowrun core rules
Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Warhammer: Power Behind the Throne (ask me if you want to borrow it)
Call of Cthulhu: Masks of Nyarlathotep
VAMPIRE: the Masquerade: Los Angeles by Night
Red Tide
One Page Dungeons: 2016, 2015, 2014

WEEK 7, DAY 2: (3/2)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories, Episode 13: Two RPG Systems

–Digging Deeper–
Mini Six, Bare Bones Edition (rpgnow)
Freeform/Universal RPG rules (rpgnow)

WEEK 8, DAY 1: (3/7)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories, Deep Dive #4: Writing the Other

–Digging Deeper–
Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, Writing the Other (amazon)
Nisi Shawl, “Transracial Writing for the Sincere.”
Imad Khan, Farah Khalaf, Rami Ismail, and Romana Ramzan, “The Current State of Muslim Representation in Video Games.”
Meg Jayanth, “10 Ways to Make Your Game More Diverse.”

WEEK 8, DAY 2: (3/9)
–HOMEWORK–
Watch: Game Stories Deep Dive #5: D. Vincent Baker

–Digging Deeper–
Vincent Baker, Dogs in the Vineyard (drivethrurpg)
Vincent Baker, Apocalypse World 2nd ed. (drivethrurpg)
Apocalypse World 1st ed (look at the section on “Fronts”)
Adam Koebel “Post-Apocalypse World” episode 1 (full playlist)
Adam Koebel Dogs in the Vineyard Town Creation video
Monster Hearts, Dungeon World, or any other Powered by the Apocalypse title

WEEK 9, DAY 1: (3/14) PLAY TESTING IN CLASS!!!

WEEK 9, DAY 2: (3/16) PLAY TESTING IN CLASS!!!

Tabletop RPG Adventure DUE: Saturday 3/18 by midnight!

WEEK 10: (3/21+3/23) BREAK

UNIT THREE: PLAYABLE HISTORY

WEEK 11, DAY 1: (3/28)
–HOMEWORK–

–Digging Deeper–

WEEK 11, DAY 2: (3/30)
–HOMEWORK–

–Digging Deeper–

WEEK 12, DAY 1: (4/4) MEET IN WISCONSIN STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY–READING ROOM

WEEK 12, DAY 2: (4/6) MEET IN WISCONSIN STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETYFREE RESEARCH

WEEK 13, DAY 1: (4/11) MEET IN WISCONSIN STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY–MOVIE DAY

WEEK 13, DAY 2: (4/13) MEET IN WISCONSIN STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY- FREE RESEARCH

WEEK 14, DAY 1: (4/18) HISTORY PRESENTATIONS IN CLASS!!!

WEEK 14, DAY 2: (4/20) HISTORY PRESENTATIONS IN CLASS!!!

History Reports DUE: Saturday 4/22 by midnight!

WEEK 15, DAY 1: (4/25) GROUP WORK

WEEK 15, DAY 2: (4/27) GROUP WORK

WEEK 16, DAY 1: (5/2) PLAY TESTING IN CLASS!!!

WEEK 16, DAY 2: (5/4) PLAY TESTING IN CLASS!!!

Playable History Game DUE: Saturday 5/6 by midnight!

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