We’ll have various activities challenging you to create wondrous worlds, which can be home to a wide variety of games & stories. We’ll provide free material, food, and refreshments to help you unleash your inner Tolkien, Rowling, or RR Martin; including:

  • Whiteboard-covered globes to sketch your worlds
  • A screening of HBO’s hit show, Westworld
  • Demonstrations of Virtual Reality gear
  • Raffle & Prizes for everyone who Signs up!
  • A USB filled with design assets, e-books & other goodies for everyone who Signs up!

Signup as an individual or as a team to create a compelling story world and a chance to win fabulous prizes. All registered participants will get a raffle ticket & receive a FREE USB drive filled with fascinating worldbuilding resources, e-books, and media to inspire the creation of wondrous fictional worlds from any genre.

The event is at the Pratt Manhattan campus at 144 W. 14th. Street, right off the L-Train stop on 6th. Avenue.

Challenges Include:img_4026

  • Your Home Town World: Create a world that is an extension of your home town, or (if you prefer) Brooklyn. How would it’s geography appear as continents? What would your world’s buildings look like? How would your world’s inhabitants dress, work, and cook? What would your world’s history and cultural heritage resemble?
  • Your Very Own Game of Thrones: The idea behind the geographical setting behind the series Game Of Thrones, they took the idea of taking England, and Ireland and flipping them around each other. The idea is that you can take a realistic setting on earth and create a sort of “new earth” based on your own ideas. The physical globe assisting this challenge allows you to take the existing mother earth and move her face around to create something original. What’s the history behind that planet, what different cultures are there, what is its history, geographical climate… etc.
  • Extrapolate a Game World: Based on Michele Gorman’s post on boardgame tilling variations, create a world based on your board game or videogame. You can use the globe to assist you in an existing world, or use the white board to create a world based on existing games. You can create a world from a combination of worlds within a game. (for eg: Super Mario world, Kingdom Hearts, or Star Wars world space consist of multiple planets that are called “worlds,” perhaps these planets are combined into 1 planet to create a new world of its own.) Use your chosen game design elements to imagine what the surrounding world is like, including the prevailing culture, clothing and history. How did the world evolve to create the conditions for your game?
  • … more challenges soon!

Prizes Include:

NAME IMAGE Description
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
for PS4
21545237 Follow Faith, a daring free runner, as she fights for freedom in the city of Glass. What appears to be an elegant, high-tech city on the outside, has a terrible secret hidden within. Explore every corner from the highest beautifully lit rooftops to the dark and gritty tunnels below. The city is huge, free to roam and Faith is at the center of it all. Through the first-person perspective, combine her fluid movement and advanced combat with the city’s surroundings to master the environment and uncover the conspiracy. This is Mirror’s Edge for this generation, raising the bar in action-adventure games.
Overwatch Origins
for XBox One
50457497 Clash on the battlefields of tomorrow and choose your hero from a diverse cast of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities. Bend time, defy physics, and unleash an array of extraordinary powers and weapons. Engage your enemies in iconic locations from around the globe in the ultimate team-based shooter. Take your place in Overwatch. The world needs heroes.
Civilization VI 51203472 Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.
Super Mario Chess Collector’s Edition Board Game 14044838 With Super Mario Chess, Mario and Bowser are once again battling for the Mushroom Kingdom, this time through the classic strategy game of chess. This is Super Mario-Chess. Pick your team and take control of 32 hand-painted playing pieces. This one of a kind game is as much fun to play as it is to display.
King of Tokyo boardgame 15318014 King of Tokyo is a game from Richard Garfield for 2 to 6 players in which you will be able to play mutant monsters gigantic robots and other aliens all of whom are happily whacking each other in a joyous atmosphere in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo. When it is your turn to play you throw six dice. Each die bears the following six symbols: 1 2 or 3 Points of Destruction Energy Healing and Whack. In three successive throws you are going to choose whether to keep or discard each die in order to come up with combinations that will enable you to win destruction points hoard energy restore your health or whack other players into understanding Tokyo is your territory.
Small Worlds boardgame 61foypfvpwl-_sy300_ Small World is a zany, light-hearted civilization game in which players vie for conquest and control of a board that is simply too small to accommodate them all. Each player uses a combination of fantasy races and powers to expand their empire and conquer their neighbors.
Dictionary of Imaginary Places 518h-d4ar8l-_sx381_bo1204203200_ From Atlantis to Xanadu and beyond, this Baedeker of make-believe takes readers on a tour of more than 1,200 realms invented by storytellers from Homer’s day to our own. Here you will find Shangri-La and El Dorado; Utopia and Middle Earth; Wonderland and Freedonia. Here too are Jurassic Park, Salman Rushdie’s Sea of Stories, and the fabulous world of Harry Potter. The history and behavior of the inhabitants of these lands are described in loving detail, and are supplemented by more than 200 maps and illustrations that depict the lay of the land in a host of elsewheres.

The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

51adtsyg-l This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer.
How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans 71im2hw7qnl The power of creation is at your fingertips! Orcs prepare for battle against high Elves, Dwarves retreat to the mountains and men march to the sea to reclaim crumbling fortresses. Fortunes are decided. Kingdoms are lost. Entire worlds are created. This book will teach you to bring your fictional realm to life with simple step-by-step instructions on how to draw authentic fantasy maps.
Settlers of Catan game  pic2419375 Picture yourself in the era of discoveries: after a long voyage of great deprivation, your ships have finally reached the coast of an uncharted island. Its name shall be Catan! But you are not the only discoverer. Other fearless seafarers have also landed on the shores of Catan: the race to settle the island has begun!
 Ticket to Ride game
pic38668_md  With elegantly simple gameplay, Ticket to Ride can be learned in under 15 minutes, while providing players with intense strategic and tactical decisions every turn. Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn.
Microscope Roleplaying Game microscope-badge-200 You have vast power to create… and to destroy. Build beautiful, tranquil jewels of civilization and then consume them with nuclear fire. Zoom out to watch the majestic tide of history wash across empires, then zoom in and explore the lives of the people who endured it.
Kingdom game badges-kingdom Your Kingdom can be any group or organization that interests you. You could play a Wild West frontier town, a colony ship crawling to a distant star, or a sprawling Empire holding conquered peoples beneath its thumb. As you play, you’ll confront your Kingdom and your characters with Crossroads, critical decisions that may change your community forever. What will your Kingdom do? What will it become?
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