Ludum Dare 31
December 5th-8th, 2014

…FOR SCIENCE!

So, quick story:  I’m now a high school teacher! Today was my first class ever!  Hooray!  What am I teaching, you may ask? Why Game Design, of course!  Now, my class will only have met two times come this weekend, so I doubt any of my students will be able to participate, but I wanted to use LD24 as an opportunity to show that how much you can do even with only the TINIEST amount of programming know-how and time.  That being said; here’s the tools I’ll be using this weekend:

Python 2.7

NOTHING ELSE WHATSOEVER!

That’s right!  No external libraries, not even PyGame.  No Sound.  No graphics.  I’ll also ONLY use the most basic techniques in programming; those I expect to cover in the first two weeks of class.  This means the only programming constructs I’ll use are:

Basic text/number I/O, basic math and conditional structures, basic if/else, simple variables types (INT/STRING/maybe FLOAT), basic looping structures (For… maybe WHILE).  I may through in an “import random”… and then two 2nd-week concepts I may use for sanity’s sake; simple function declarations and lists.
My goal is to create a fun, text-based game in 48 that can show my students what sorts of power is at your fingertips even with only a few hours of programming experience if you are creative about it.  Once they’ve covered all the topics I mentioned above, I’ll give them 2 weeks to create a game of their own, and we’ll see what they can come up with :)

 

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6 Responses to “I was out of LD23, but now I’m back and I’m IN!”

  1. thristhart says:

    You’re a cool teacher.

  2. shatterhand says:

    I’m also a High School teacher, and I am planning to participate in LD24 with a few of my students, though they are a little bit more experienced than yours (But just a little )

    And Python is a good choice for beginners !

    And I would surely showcase your Python game for my students, I am sure they would find it lovely :)

  3. turkwise says:

    This sounds like an awesome approach to teaching. Good luck with your game!

  4. Puzzlem00n says:

    Nice, man. I wish we had people who teach like that in my school.

  5. madameberry says:

    Careful, you might give them the idea that they can put it off ’till the last two days before it’s due. ;P
    I kid, that’s awesome.

  6. johnfn says:

    This is awesome.

    > (For… maybe WHILE)

    Careful there, you almost went overboard with features. For AND while? That’s nuts!

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