FYS 187-4 - Games and Computation
4th Hour Project: Collaborative Game Book Writing

Collaborative Game Book Writing

For our fourth hour project this semester, we will collaborate on the writing of a game book together using the same MediaWiki software that underlies Wikipedia.  Note that since we do not meet weekly for this fourth hour, your work on this project should be (on average) 3 hours/week.  Note that some weeks (e.g. research/writing) may take more time whereas other weeks (e.g. revision) will require less. 

In general, for any class hour (including this "fourth hour"), you should budget two additional hours beyond class.  Thus, for any 1-credit class, you should expect to work 12 hours per week.  In our course, 3 of these are allotted to class time, so the remaining 9 should be distributed between readings, homework, quizzes, exams, and the 4th hour project.

We will approach the writing in weekly stages.  The work of each week will be due at the beginning of every other class at 1:10PM.

Week 1 (due at the beginning of class #3, 9/5): 

Wikimedia registration and login, edit and claim game, play and log games.

Week 2 (due at the beginning of class #5, 9/12): 

Research sources for game rules, history, strategy, research, etc.

Your goal for the semester will be to writing not merely game rules, but to teach the games history, draw the reader into an understanding of the basic strategy and decisions, and excite in the reader a desire to play your game and learn more about it.  To this end, your first major step will be to research good sources material.

Potentially helpful resources:

Week 3 (due at the beginning of class #7, 9/19): 

Begin draft of rules, learn wiki authoring and figure creation skills, and add figures to your game page.

Your first draft (minus the more detailed strategy section) will be due next week, so this week you should:

Week 4 (due at the beginning of class #9, 9/26): 

Complete your first draft of game rules and history.

Week 5 (due at the beginning of class #11, 10/3): 

Review the work of three other students, and offer at least three specific and concrete suggestions to improve the writing of each. Seek further revision feedback on your writing from the Writing Center.

Week 6 (due at the beginning of class #13, 10/12): 

Read your reviews, revise, and add at least 2 examples of strategic gameplay with figures.

Week 7 (due at the beginning of class #15, 10/19): 

Review the revisions and additions of the next three games on the class list.  Seek further revision feedback on your writing from the Writing Center.

Week 8 (due at the beginning of class #17, 10/26): 

Read your new reviews, revise again, and add at a "For Further Reading" section.

Week 9 (due at the beginning of class #19, 11/2): 

Review the revisions and additions of the next three games on the class list.   Seek further revision feedback from the Writing Center.

Week 10 (due at the beginning of class #21, 11/9):

Read your new reviews, and revise your third draft.

Week 11 (due at the beginning of class #23, 11/16):

Week 12 (due at the beginning of class #25, 11/28):

Week 13 (due at the beginning of class #27, 12/5):