I am a Game Designer – a Meta Reflection

Over the course of this year, I was tasked with researching and designing a game. It was a long and arduous process, and I came out of it with three lessons. 1. That Inspiration can come from unlikely places, 2. That making a game is a lot of work, and 3. games take time.

Inspiration can come from unlikely places
When I first started out this project, I was a little frustrated. I just didn’t know what I wanted this game to be about. The prompt asked me what is something important that I want other people to understand. The first thing that immediately popped into my mind was Christianity. but what exactly about Christianity, I did not know. First, I thought it could be about apologetics, but I found that to be too broad of a subject. But then, I started to draw upon experiences from my life and other things that were important to me. When I was younger, I lived in Taiwan, In High School, I read books about Christianity in China, and in College, I have started to take Chinese. All these things came together in my final theme of my board game, the persecution of Christians in China. From this, I learned that inspiration comes from unlikely places.

Making a game takes a lot of work
Even my smaller quest games that I made earlier in the year took a fair bit of work just to make. first, I had to make the Rules, then I had to design the board, and finally, I had to make sure everything was in place, like the pieces. The second one was my favorite game to make, since I had the rules all set in place, I just had to cut out all the pieces, and there were a lot of pieces. The work that I had to put into my final project was enormous, and it took a long time, and at some times, i felt rushed. that is how i learned that this is a lot of work. speaking of time…

Making a game takes time
during the final portion of my final project, At Risk: China, i felt very stressed for time. I should have spaced all the developing and the board making out more. i should have had a schedule planned for the entirety of this assignment. that is the biggest lesson of all this, in my opinion, is that you need to be prepared, and have a schedule. Having schedule will hellp you get work done and reduce stress. this will be very helpful in the future.