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Intersection of Death. “Those squirrels are definitely suicidal.”. Inspiration. “The f%&#ing squirrels are out to get me, I swear.”. Substantiated outside the bubble. Shared squirrel mythology. The Campus Squirrel Listings squirrels/campsq.htm.

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Intersection of Death

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“Those squirrels are definitely suicidal.”


“The f%&#ing squirrels are out to get me, I swear.”

Substantiated outside the bubble

Shared squirrel mythology

The Campus Squirrel Listings


Shared experience of bike frenzy

Miller’s Law: the short-term memory can hold 7 +/- 2 things at a time. We want to push players past that threshold in a safe environment.

“Hey, Wes, what are you doing [sitting at the clock tower]?”

“Oh, watching bike accidents.”

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Point of View

  • Emotional appeal

  • Capitalize on a fantasy world overloaded with inside jokes.

  • Wide, viral audience

  • Attract people who:

  • are smart

  • learn quickly

  • don’t “play games”

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Fight for the Right to be Wee

Game basics

Build up your effigy to the Squirrel God to win back your ancestral campus!

Scavenge acorns to use as weapons…

Collect and squirrel away relics of wrecks…

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Game mechanics: Implicit tutorial

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Game mechanics: Setting up Controversy

Squirrels start in respective corners

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Game mechanics: Actions: move / fire

Player 2


Player 2


Player 1


Player 1






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Game mechanics: [1] Scavenge acorns

Approach acorn to collect

See your arsenal grow

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Game mechanics: [2] Collect wrecks

Approach wreck to collect

See your total grow

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Build your effigy

Sacrifice it to the Squirrel Deity to win back its favor, and your campus!

Game mechanics: [3] Build effigy

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Custom settings: For test and play



Fall (many acorns)

Winter (fewer)

Spring (sparse)

Time of day

Bacchus (bribe him

with a case of beer

and small effigy)

Athena (wise,

medium effigy)

Hera (jealous, hard

to please, big effigy)

Senior spring

Small seminar

Freshman IHUM

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Finishing effigy: “Stanford is mine!”

Win scenarios: At many levels

Killing your opponent: “You got owned!”

Causing a wreck: “Awesome!”

Getting through a cluster: “Phew!”

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Prototype demo

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“It’s pretty simple, actually, kind of like Frogger.”

“I had a strategy, man…

Stay in one place and move up and down.”

“I’m just going to pick up the wrecks that you make and let you waste all of your acorns.”

“It’s so complicated… I’ve never had to follow this many things in a game before.”

“My strategy was to go kill the other squirrel.”

“I like how you have to venture out to get the acorns and it’s terrifying.”

Pairs responses

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First-person 3D graphics

Larger worlds, more places to go

Other packages

If I Had A Million Dollars/Weeks

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First-person 3D graphics

Larger worlds, more places to go

Other packages

If I Had A Million Dollars/Weeks

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Pigeons in New York

Cockroaches in Madagascar

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In the meantime: Video demo

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