LSC-Tomball Students to Showcase Game Prototypes

Students in the Game Design and Simulation program at Lone Star College – Tomball will showcase their original game ideas from 1 to 6 pm. May 11 in N103.

The showcase will feature tabletop prototypes, which are board games that serve as the initial step in seeing if the play of the game will work. On the art side, students will display concept art, level maps used in the design of a game, models for characters and objects, as well as other visuals. Students will be available to explain their ideas in more detail.

In addition, there will be an  in-progress electronic prototype of Trevor and the Spirit Stick created by Lone Star Design and Development, the college’s game development club. The game features LSC-Tomball’s mascot Trevor the Timber Wolf working to recover the college’s spirit after his evil twin, Rovert, steals the stick that contains the spirit of the college’s students, faculty and staff.

“Every game presented in the showcase is playable,” said Dep-Wah Davis, professor of Computer Information and program specialist for the Game Design and Simulation Program. “Students, faculty, staff and the public can come and play the games from beginning to end.

“The goal of the showcase is to allow students to get feedback on their designs,” she explained. “The students can then revise their ideas, if needed, as they move forward within the program. Some students will be displaying revised designs to see if revisions made since the last showcase enhance the game. In addition, the items displayed in the showcase can serve as valuable examples students can use to find employment after graduation.”

 Immediately following the showcase, local board game developer Kevin Nunn will be speak at 6:30 pm. After his talk, there will be a meet and greet with refreshments.

For more information about the showcase, speaker, or the game design program, contact Dep-Wah Davis at dep-wah.davis@lonestar.edu or 281-401-1802.

Lone Star College-Tomball is located at 30555 Tomball Parkway/SH 249.  For information about the college and its programs, visit LoneStar.edu/tomball or call 281-351-3300.

With more than 62,000 students in credit classes in spring 2010, Lone Star College System is the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas and the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area. LSCS consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.