My name is Jenna Yow, and I’m a game designer and illustrator from the Washington, D.C. area! I’m currently a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), majoring in Game Design with a minor in Illustration. Most of what I create for my coursework is digital games, but I’ve been doing my best to do as many things as I can. I’m interested in using games and art as a force for positive change; interactive media is a powerful tool to help people escape reality for a little bit, and to help them reconsider the world they return to after playing. Urban games are especially important, as they utilize space in ways that many players never consider. I’m really interested in learning more about making and executing urban games!
For the past year I’ve been a moderator for my school’s Urban Gaming Club (along with @LeaLeroy and some other mods who I’m sure will be applying soon, haha). As to avoid completely rehashing Léa’s post, all I’ll say on that is that we make 1 week long game each semester and invite MICA students to play with us. The games we make contain elements of LARP and Nerf tag, and for many of our players it is a huge source of stress relief right before finals. We also serve to introduce a lot of our players to new ways to play; many of our players have never played urban games before, and our games serve as an important entry point for them!
Aside from the club, I was also enrolled in a unique course this semester called Games + Theatre, taught by our current game designer in residence @matteo_uguzzoni. Throughout the course, we learned about more styles of live action and urban games as well as being tasked to create our own unique experiences. During the semester we discussed urban games, interactive theatre, rituals, and everything in between.
Between the course and the club, I’ve learned a lot about urban games this year and I’m excited to learn even more. I’m so excited to see such a strong, passionate community and I can’t wait to be a part of it!