Nomadic Branch Syllabus


I’m posting here the schedule for the Nomadic Game Design spring so we are all in the same page and it could be useful for others interested on it as well.

In order to read that it’s important to explain that this could be subject to change, but since we are all working remotely and with intense personal schedules we will try to not to change it to much.

In general we will go trough 4 phases:

  • research
  • playtest
  • community outreach
  • production

Everyone will have different speed of course but we trust that sharing our journey will be a good way to arrive at the end of this with new games on the map.

As you can see in the calendar we are going to meet every week, Thursday, usually 3PM Berlin time. This time of the day has been picked because we have people connecting from Singapore till the US, so we are working across a 13 hours spectrum.

There are going to be three kind of weekly meeting:

  • read & comment session, based on an assignment we will connect around 3PM Berlin time and we will simply read and comment on each others statement and research. This kind of meeting is the “standard” one. In order to work we need everybody to be able to post their assignment before 3PM Berlin time :slight_smile:
  • nomadic call, (red circle on the program), we will convene on and share our thoughts and advancement, we will try to stay under the 2h call limit, so from time to time, you will be able to reserve your spot if you really need to share stuff, or you can also only listen to others
  • webinars (red circle+webinar on the program), this will be an open call for everybody that is interested on the topic that we will discuss that day, so far we have a “How to playtest” webinar on March 5th and a “Audience development” webinar on April 2nd.
    @natalia_skoczylas will be curating these, great guests soon!

There are also pauses in the schedule, weeks were you can just let the content to sink in and not think about games too much.

I know that we already discussed this but please share your thoughts about it, thanks!


Hello all!

I’m publishing here the updated version of our syllabus ie the next month of activities together, we changed a little from the previous version to adapt to the new conttext that we have to navigate.

The first step, next week, is to send me an updated budget of your project, incorporating the new expenses that the covid-19 pivot will require.
This budget is mandatory in order to receive the support for your project.

The second step will be the release of the game, for this one you can take your time (starting April 30th until May 21st), just consider that after the release it will take us 7 days to check that everything is well documented and then you can proceed with your invoice (one will be directed to Goethe Institute, the other one to Edgeryders).

In order for a project to be considered released this are the things needed:

  • a trailer (mini-video)
  • rule sheet (proofreaded by someone + diagrams)
  • release of a downloadable version of the game (rules) somewhere on the web ( / personal website / ludocity)
  • designer statement on corona (max 1 page) that elaborate your choice on moving forward, and a short description of your context
  • A picture of yourself or your team
  • A short bio
  • Link to your online presence
  • extras: pictures (play-test)

Another extra, that will be really appreciated, is if you imagine to have a remote session of play for your game, I’m sure that everyone is excited to celebrate your new games, since we saw their development, so pick a date in May and we will show up for you <3!

After that we will reconvene on June 04 to a collective call to talk about the six months that we’ve spent together, next steps (dissemination) and etc. Before that I will send a survey along so we can have some quantitative evaluation as well.

Keep an eye on the community, since a lot of things are going to happens, workshops, jams and other webinars.

Talk soon!

Hey Matteo,

where do you want us to publish all of the material that you ask of us? Should it be a thread on this platform? Or should I simply send you all of it?