Week 1 Forming

The Big Five

  • Openness – How open a person is to new ideas and experiences
  • Conscientiousness – How goal-directed, persistent, and organized a person is
  • Extraversion – How much a person is energized by the outside world
  • Agreeableness – How much a person puts others’ interests and needs ahead of their own
  • Neuroticism – How sensitive a person is to stress and negative emotional triggers

Core Pattern

The Big Five Results

I think introspection, knowing oneself is a valuable skill but I also think you should take personality tests with a pinch of salt. I know there are hardcore Myer Briggs fans out there (I’m an INFJ), who make life-changing decisions based on their scores, that idea scares me a little.

Interestingly, we are all very open, which doesn’t surprise me as we are all inquisitive students with big ideas.

I was a little surprised at my very low ‘extraversion’ score. Extraversion is sometiems considered an ideal, and there are many wonderful things about being extroverted but I feel being introverted is also a strength. I consider my time carefully, and preciously but I can enjoy events and sharing interests with strangers. Perhaps Covid has impacted the results slightly lol.

A few words about myself

Pathway: IGD

I’m interested in games that make an impact, are deep and/or insightful and beautifully illustrated games. I particularly love games that combine 2D and 2D techniques/ aesthetics 2.5D and 2D games.

My skills are in illustration, photography, design, creative writing, some marketing and Spine (animation).

I would like to build a prototype successfully and hope every team member enjoys the process. I’d like to experiment as a team, trying out new things and push ourselves, without setting unrealistic/unachievable targets/unreasonable hours of work.

I would like to hone some 3D skills, PlayMaker and get better at animation. I’m also excited to learn more about project management and teamwork practices and skills.

Setting up the team

The Game Maker’s Team met through the module, and all share an enthusiasm for 2D games although some of us have experience in creating 3D assets as well.

To get to know each other better we set up and joined a Discord server, and met up to chat about our goals, ideas and hopes for the 730 module. We also discussed each others skills and experience, so that when come to propose our ideas for a prototype, we can ensure we are all on a similar wavelength and aware of the strengths the team can bring to the table.

Phil Lakin set up a Miro board, with project planning tools to start ideating in a loose and non-formal manner.

Team Meeting

We chat regularly on Discord, sharing ideas, concepts, and supporting each other but we also need to meet formally. We arranged to vote on a team name and decide on a team leader Thursday, before the webinar.

Everyone made one or two suggestions for a team name, three came up as a draw so we voted gain.

We are now working out a time to meet on a regular basis. Our team is international, many of us are working and/or parents and have numerous responsibilities so scheduling a time to meet every week is a challenge. We have made the decision to hold two separate meetings one on a weekday and one on the weekend so everyone can attend.

Team Name

The Wild Branch

Weekly Webinar meetings

Saturday 12 noon (GMT)

Wednesday 12 noon (GMT)

First Meeting Agenda

Rapid Ideation Techniques