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Doug Watkins
Avid Gamer, Minecraft Teacher, and DGBL Specialist
Avid Gamer, Minecraft Teacher, and DGBL Specialist


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Landmark: The Hand & New Aerial Shot
This shot took an hour to render and was still missing a few chunks. Darkewater v2 still has a long way to go, but progress is being made.  I'm almost finished with the Landmark structure in each district and after that, I'll move on to the Conduits and the...

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MINECON 2016! It was a blast!
I waited in that line for about 45 minutes. I'll never be the same. Last weekend, I was privileged to travel to Anaheim, California and attend MINECON 2016 with my student, Max Maiers, and his mother Katarina.  Max and I spoke on a panel with other Minecraf...

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I've been holding this back for awhile, just to be sure that it was really happening, but I now have some great news to share... Woot! I will be speaking on a panel of three teachers (and their students) at MINECON in about a week!  On Thursday, I am flying...

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In Depth: Garden District
This district was conceived much differently then it turned out.  Originally, I had imagined it as the sister district to the Arts District , and in many ways I imagined them to be similar - rooftop gardens and small winding streets dotted with cafes and sp...

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Building Stage 1: Landscapes, Walls, Roads, Waterways
I hope to be finished with Darkewater - meaning it's online and player-ready by Christmas of 2016.  It's not going to be easy, though, there is a lot to do. To help with the server workload, I've partnered up with my good friend Jordan Hicks.  He's going to...

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Darkewater v2's Organic Storytelling System
Inspiration & Storytelling Darkewater is heavily influenced and inspired by some of my favorite games.  It's basically a hodge-podge of Athkatla  from Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn , the City from Thief and Thief 2 , and elements of  DayZ .  Athkatla and...

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Landmark - The Fortress
Normally, I try to wait to post until I've actually finished a part of the city, but seeing as how my last post was in September, I made an exception for today.  Feast your eyes on (the unfinished) Darkewater Fortress ! The first thing you'll probably notic...

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Are your students better than you at Minecraft? I'm looking for teachers that want to learn to use Minecraft in their classroom, but don't know where to start.

I'd be delighted to play the game with you over Skype and show you the ins and outs of Minecraft. I can tailor the session to your needs/technical proficiency. This session is completely free - I am simply trying to work with teachers that have an interest in Digital Game-Based Learning.

Feel free to check out my guides, lessons and activities on my Google Drive. Contact me if you have any interest!

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Are your students better than you at Minecraft? I'm looking for teachers that want to use Minecraft in their classrooms, but don't know where to start.

If you're interested, contact me and we can set up a time to get together over Skype and go through the game. It's totally free and rather informal, I really just want to help teachers that are trying to use Digital Game-Based Learning (DGBL).

Feel free to access my lessons, guides, and activities on my GDrive - I'm always open to criticism.

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