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In 2012 I self-published Michtim: Fluffy Adventures on DriveThruRPG. While being a standalone game product that brings joy to players (and in some cases even to their families!), it was also the practical part of my master thesis in Media & Interaction Design. Recently (in October 2015), the game was nominated for a World Experience Award at WUC15 and made the second place.

So far, only a selected few have had a chance to take a look at the thesis; but I feel that it has some valuable insights to offer to those that are interested in the design of game products like Michtim. I won't claim that I have found universal truths; but this book offers some hints at why I created this game and what the fundamental design decisions were.

Michtim is an inclusive game, so the thesis also touches on topics such as gender and sexuality; things that the game itself radiates, but does not actively point out at all.

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November 15, 2015 7:33 pm UTC
What age range is this aimed for? Would 4 be to young?
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Georg M November 15, 2015 8:47 pm UTC
Hey there. This is the master thesis. The game can be found under the name "Michtim: Fluffy Adventures". I have no info about kids this young, but if you are willing to waive a few of the more advanced rules, you can give it a try.

You can have them roll dice, if you like. If they can count pips to 7, then they can roll on their own. A friendly reviewer tried this with his kid, you can check out his review, I'm not sure how old his son is, but I think it all depends on what you want to do.

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At the core, the game allows a lot of social interaction and playing with emotions as actions, so things that are really understandable for kids: if you're angry, you're going to hit someone. If you're all nice and supportive (Love), you can help others. You can do fine without rolling.

Just let them portrait their characters and you're fine.

Settingwise, the...See more
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November 15, 2015 9:37 pm UTC
Thanks for getting back to me so fast. I realized I posted on the wrong listing after I was done. :) I'll have to take a look at the reviews then and look at the ages. I appreciate your help.
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