Konstantinos Manos, CEO and Lead Game Designer at Vesuvius Media, may not be what we normally think of when we describe an artist, but he will be the first to tell you... game design is an art.
That's why on Tuesday, October 20, Manos, as part of Halifax Board Game Designers, went to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) to discuss game mechanics and design to a group of Interdisciplinary Design students.
The students' assignment: create a board game that tackles a social issue.
The morning was filled with discussion, anecdotes, and meeples. The students were given the basic mechanics and structures of game design theory, but the most important message of the session... creativity above all else. Let your imagination fly!
“You can learn lots of theory and the technical terms for structuring your game,” said Manos, “but if you throw all that out the window, you may discover the next big thing. You just never know!”
It was a fun morning with a challenging task. We look forward to seeing what the students come up with!
Good luck with your creations!