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Poster and invite design for the presentation. Save the date!  :)

Poster and invite design for the presentation. Save the date!  :)

You're all invited! In partnership with Mesa Public Library, I'll be giving a presentation on Saturday, November 21st at 10:30am entitled "Making the Game – The Art, Design, and Imagination of Iconica". The presentation is geared towards gamers, indie developers, and makers of all sorts really. Read on for more details.

As it happens, the library is a pretty awesome place for folks to gather and play games. In fact, as a kid I remember playing board games at our local library in Tolleson as part of summer reading programs. Somewhere in all the fun, we probably learned some things about being social with others, sharing, and cooperation.

Those experiences have informed much of my approach as an indie game designer. So when Mesa Public Library approached me to participate in International Games Day at Your Library, I didn't know that was a thing, but I was all in. I won't give too much away, but I plan to explore these main topics while keeping the presentation very visual.

How Iconica is made - I'll show what goes in to making Iconica, including my process for art and design, as well as testing and development. I'll share some secrets and fun facts around the game's creation too.

The Elements of Game Design - I don't have all the answers, but I think there are some essential elements that go into good game design. Things to strive for in the creation process. This will be geared towards those of you who might have an idea for a game.

Tips and Tricks for Creativity - Game design is about sharing creativity with others through interactive experiences. I'll share some techniques for sparking creativity that apply to almost any form of imaginative past time you may have.

So, I hope to see you at the library! Invite a friend and expect a fun time.

-E