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Paul Gestwicki
Works at Ball State University
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Today's blog post: How I painted the non-unique miniatures from Imperial Assault.
I've had my eyes on Descent since before I got back into painting because of the quality of the miniatures. I still have yet to play, but it's a popular fantasy romp. When I heard about Imperial Assault, which is essentially bugfixed Descent + Star Wars, I think we all knew it was a matter of ...
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How well are we doing in comprehension of text as a nation? You know the answer. We are doing poorly when it comes to genuine comprehension: And look at math vs. reading: And this, from a Christian...
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I had some fun painting the miniatures from The aMAZEing Labyrinth, a game my kids and I play regularly. Today's blog post tells more of the story.
I try to play a lot of board games with my boys, although because of their ages this often restricts us from playing the more complex games in my collection. One of our games that sees the most play is The aMAZEing Labyrinth, a classic and relatively simple tile-shifting game.
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After a bit of a delay in writing, today's blog post reflects on how a student made an unexpected connection between object-oriented design and game design.
One of my students made a fascinating connection today between game design and software design. He happens to be in both CS222 (Advanced Programming) and my honors colloquium on game design. In CS222, we talked about mutability vs. immutability in object-oriented design.
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Here's a quick post to announce the Spring 2015 Game Studio project.

TL;DR: We're making a cooperative mobile game about the International Space Station.
It's been a busy time here, and it seems I missed January entirely on my blog. One of the reasons for the tight schedule is that I am once again mentoring a major immersive learning project, working with an multidisciplinary team of ten undergraduates to create an original educational game.
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Another must-read for game designers from +Daniel Cook.
 
Top 5 design debates I ignored in 2014
(Public draft. Comments and corrections welcome)  Back in the 80’s and 90’s, when conversation about game design was first bubbling up out of our community of insecure practitioners, a few polarizing topics would arise again and again. You’ll recognize them...
(Public draft. Comments and corrections welcome) Back in the 80's and 90's, when conversation about game design was first bubbling up out of our community of insecure practitioners, a few polarizing topics would arise again and again. You'll recognize them: The correct definition of 'game' ...
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Today's blog post is a look back on this semester's CS222 course and a review of the changes I am intending for Spring's.
The final exam for my CS222 class once again featured the construction of a list of what the students learned (or more properly, what they think they learned). They compiled a list of 111 items, and each student was asked to pick their top seven. Once all the votes were tallied, these was most ...
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Getting ready for final exams, I stumbled across a survey I made ten years ago---my first attempt at Computer Science Education Research. This happened just in time for my #CSEdWeek  blog post.
Once again, it is Computer Science Education Week. In previous years, I feel like my inbox and news feed were inundated with reminders and requests to take action. My participation has taken the form of blog posts the last few years. This year, no one requested it—and maybe they didn't last year ...
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Today's blog post is a painting update, showcasing the results of several months with Wrath of Ashardalon.

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While I was still finishing painting the miniatures from The Legend of Drizzt (part 1, part 2), I picked up a copy of Wrath of Ashardalon, another game from the same D&D Adventure series that comes jam-packed with unpainted miniatures. This post tells the story of painting the Ashardalon ...
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    Computer Science Professor, 2005 - present
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I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Ball State University. Much of my recent work has been on the intersection of games, fun, and learning, leading interdisciplinary teams of undergraduates in studio-based learning experiences,
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  • University at Buffalo
    Computer Science and Engineering, 1998 - 2005
  • State University of New York at Fredonia
    Computer Science, 1994 - 1998
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