Schedule

Week Date Assignment Writing due
1 1/16 Introduction to the class
2 1/21 No class
1/23 Everyone’s an Author “Rhetorical Situations” and “Reading Rhetorically”
3 1/28 The Landlord’s Game99% Invisible podcast

What exactly is a game?” from Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World byJane McGonigal

1/30 Play Depression Quest

Introduction to Critical Play” from Critical play: Radical Game Design by Mary Flanagan

Decide on Character name

Create WordPress site

2/1 Side Quest 1: Avatar
4 2/4 Podcast brainstorming and planning
2/6 Ian Bogost “Media Microecology” and “Empathy” from How to Do Things with Videogames
2/8 Side Quest 2: What’s in Your Bag?
5 2/11 Gone Home: A Story Exploration Game Side Quest 3: Liveblogging Gone Home
2/13 “Introduction” and “Games” from Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson
2/15 Podcast episodes 1 & 2
6 2/18 Superbetter (Introduction & chapter 1)
2/20 Rise of the Dungeon Master (chapters 1-4)

Fiasco rulebook

2/22 Podcast episodes 3 & 4
7 2/25 Fiasco
2/27 Fiasco
2/29 Podcast episodes 5 & 6
8 3/4
3/6
3/8 Podcast episodes 7 & 8
3/11 No class: Spring break
3/13 No class: Spring break
9 3/18
3/20
3/22 Podcast episodes 9 & 10
3/233/24 Potential make-up days
10 3/25
3/27
3/29 Podcast episodes 11 & 12
11 4/1
4/3
4/5 Podcast episodes 13 & 14
4/64/7 Potential make-up days
12 4/8
4/10
4/12 Podcast episodes 15 & 16
13 4/15
4/17
4/19 Podcast episode 17
14 4/22
4/24
12/2
15 4/29 Begin portfolio
Revise projects, portfolio reflection letter, edit website
16 Conclusion
Final Exam Period Final Portfolio and Reflection Letter

This schedule is subject to change as the semester progresses. Changes will be indicated in the table above and I will also announce significant changes in a blog post.