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The Multiplayer Classroom
Game Plans





ISBN 9780367249014
Published May 17, 2021 by CRC Press
456 Pages 73 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations

 
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The Multiplayer Classroom: Game Plans is a companion to The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game, now in its second edition from CRC Press. This book covers four multiplayer classroom projects played in the real world in real time to teach and entertain. They were funded by grants or institutions, collaborations between Lee Sheldon, as writer/designer, and subject matter experts in various fields. They are written to be accessible to anyone--designer, educator, or layperson--interested in game-based learning. The subjects are increasingly relevant in this day and age: physical fitness, Mandarin, cybersecurity, and especially an online class exploring culture and identity on the internet that is unlike any online class you have ever seen. Read the annotated, often-suspenseful stories of how each game, with its unique challenges, thrills, and spills, was built.

Lee Sheldon began his writing career in television as a writer-producer, eventually writing more than 200 shows ranging from Charlie’s Angels (writer) to Edge of Night (head writer) to Star Trek: The Next Generation (writer-producer). Having written and designed more than forty commercial and applied video games, Lee spearheaded the first full writing for games concentration in North America at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the second writing concentration at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a regular lecturer and consultant on game design and writing in the United States and abroad. His most recent commercial game, the award-winning The Lion’s Song, is currently on Steam. For the past two years he consulted on an "escape room in a box," funded by NASA, that gives visitors to hundreds of science museums and planetariums the opportunity to play colonizers on the moon. He is currently writing his second mystery novel.

Table of Contents

 

Section 1 Skeleton Chase 2: The Psychic

Chapter 1 ◾ Introduction to Section 1 3

Chapter 2 ◾ Foreword to Section 1 9

Jeanne Johnston

Chapter 3 ◾ Design Document 11

Chapter 4 ◾ Episode 1 – Trailhead 27

Chapter 5 ◾ Episode 2 – Gimme Shelter 45

Chapter 6 ◾ Episode 3 – Stardust 65

Chapter 7 ◾ Episodes 4 and 5 – Crop Circles 83

Chapter 8 ◾ Episode 6 – Champions 103

Chapter 9 ◾ Episode 7 – Skeleton Chase 123

Chapter 10 ◾ Afterword 137

Section 2 The Lost Manuscript

Chapter 11 ◾ Introduction to Section 2 141

Chapter 12 ◾ Foreword to Section 2 143

Shihchia Chen Thompson

Chapter 13 ◾ Design Document 145

Chapter 14 ◾ Episode 1 – The Heritage Library Program 169

Chapter 15 ◾ Episode 2 – China Bound 171

Chapter 16 ◾ Episode 3 – Last Class before China 175

Chapter 17 ◾ Episode 4 – Capital International Airport 177

Chapter 18 ◾ Episode 5 – Reception 185

Chapter 19 ◾ Episode 6 – The Teahouse 189

Chapter 20 ◾ Episode 7 – Codebreaking 193

Chapter 21 ◾ Episode 8 – The Forbidden City 199

Chapter 22 ◾ Episode 9 – Police Headquarters 203

Chapter 23 ◾ Afterword 207

Section 3 Secrets: An Internet Mystery

Chapter 24 ◾ Introduction to Section 3 211

Chapter 25 ◾ Foreword to Section 3 215

David Seelow

Chapter 26 ◾ Design Document 217

Chapter 27 ◾ Episode 1 – Primal Empathy 231

Chapter 28 ◾ Episode 2 – The Present Is the Past of the Future 241

Chapter 29 ◾ Episode 3 – Have a Hart 249

Chapter 30 ◾ Episode 4 – Change of Heart 255

Chapter 31 ◾ Episode 5 – Follow the Money 263

Chapter 32 ◾ Episode 6 – Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing 271

Chapter 33 ◾ Episode 7 – The Experiment 277

Chapter 34 ◾ Episode 8 – Showdown 287

Chapter 35 ◾ Afterword 293

Section 4 The Janus Door

Chapter 36 ◾ Introduction to Section 4 297

Chapter 37 ◾ Foreword to Section 4 299

Zachary N.J. Peterson

Chapter 38 ◾ Design Document 301

Chapter 39 ◾ Episode 0 – Introduction (Week 1) 325

Chapter 40 ◾ Episode 0 – Introduction Continued (Week 2) 329

Chapter 41 ◾ Episode 0 – Door Bell (Week 2) 331

Chapter 42 ◾ Episode 1 – Unlocked Door (Week 3) 333

Chapter 43 ◾ Episode 1 – Unlocked Door Part 2 (Week 3) 335

Chapter 44 ◾ Episode 2 – Tower Door (Week 4) 339

Chapter 45 ◾ Episode 2 – Tower Door Part 2 (Week 4) 343

Chapter 46 ◾ Episode 3 – Open Door (Week 5) 345

Chapter 47 ◾ Episode 4 – Janus Door (Week 5) 349

Chapter 48 ◾ Episode 5 – Knocking on the Door (Week 6) 355

Chapter 49 ◾ Episode 6 – Back Door (Week 6) 359

Chapter 50 ◾ Episode 7 – Pick a Door (Week 7) 363

Chapter 51 ◾ Episode 8 – Trap Door (Week 7) 367

Chapter 52 ◾ Episode 9 – Spirit Door (Week 8) 369

Chapter 53 ◾ Episode 10 – Locked Door (Week 8) 373

Chapter 54 ◾ Episode 11 – Golden Door (Week 9) 377

Chapter 55 ◾ Episode 12 – Swinging Door (Week 9) 383

Chapter 56 ◾ Episode 13 – Kicking Down the Door (Week 10) 385

Chapter 57 ◾ Episode 14 – Cell Door? (Week 10) 389

Chapter 58 ◾ Afterword 393

Chapter 59 ◾ Postmortem 395

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Biography

Lee Sheldon began his writing career in television as a writer-producer, eventually writing over 200 produced shows ranging from Charlie’s Angels (writer) to Edge of Night (head writer) to Star Trek: The Next Generation (writer-producer). In 1994, tired of television, Lee turned to his new love: video games. Since then he has worked on over 40 games. In 2006 he began teaching video game writing and design at Indiana University. While there he first started designing classes as games. He also wrote and designed an alternate reality game that went through three iterations. The first two, The Skeleton Chase and Skeleton Chase 2: The Psychic, were funded by the Robert Wood Foundation and were designed to improve student fitness. The third, Skeleton Chase: Warp Speed was a redesign of the second game, shrinking playtime from 7 weeks to 3 days for a group of Coca Cola executives from North Africa.In 2010 Lee moved to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was an Associate Professor in the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program. There he was co-director of the GSAS program for three years and created the first full writing for games program in North America. He was lead writer and creative director on several incarnations, both a class designed as a game and a digital version, of The Lost Manuscript a narrative-driven game teaching Chinese language and culture.He joined the Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD) program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2015 where he is again designing classes as games and has developed the second full writing for games curriculum in North America. Lee’s book Character Development and Storytelling for Games (Second Edition, 2013) is the standard text in the field. He wrote the bestselling book The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game (2011). Over 1500 people in 45 countries now follow the Facebook page for his method of teaching classes as multiplayer games. His recent applied game projects include The Janus Door, a cybersecurity class designed as a game, funded by an NSF grant, and currently running at California Polytechnic State University. He wrote and designed Secrets: A Cyberculture Mystery Game, an online class designed as a game teaching culture and identity on the Internet for Excelsior College that went live Fall 2015; and wrote Crimson Dilemma, a business ethics video game for his old school, Indiana University, that debuted Fall 2014. His most recent entertainment games are The Lion’s Song, an episodic game following the creative and personal struggles of four