Learn how to design all kinds of games with professional animator, web designer, and game designer Shaun D. McMillan, the creator of the ALLIANCE Megagame. Students will learn both game art, game mechanics through designer board games, and game programming through the game development software, Game Maker Studio. Shaun studied Animation and Media Arts at the Art Institute of California and provides drawing lessons, animation lessons, and digital illustration lessons for students who are more artistic. Students who are better with computers can do learn to create pixel art and video games through programming. All students will learn how to design games and make them more fun by playing and analyzing designer board game mechanics.
"ALLIANCE" Political Science Megagame Simulation
Below is an example of a megagame I designed together with my game design students. This game has taken off and is now being held as 4 hour events at universities! The last event was at University of Houston, and the next will be held at Rice University during the Owl Con gaming convention!
The various topics we will cover are listed out below. All students will be given the opportunity to learn the basics of each lesson, but will choose which they want to pursue further. For example, more artistic students may choose to spend more time with digital illustration after learning the fundamentals of drawing while another student may choose to spend more time with programming. In the end one student might create and illustrate a character while another student develops a game using the first student's art. Each will know the basics of what the other is doing, but work using their individual strengths or interests lie. Everything done in class can be continued at home as long as they have a computer.