• Historical Role-Playing Game: Interdisciplinary Collaboration

    Trent Hergenrader
    Kathi Inman Berens
    Electronic games
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    DPiH, DPiH Interface, DPih Course Material or learning objects, Open, Tool, Collaborative project, Digital pedagogy, Composition, Gaming, Play, Interdisciplinary
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    Curatorial note from Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Three aspects of Steampunk Rochester make it an exceptional digital pedagogy interface. It blends the real-life history of Rochester, New York, between 1915 and 1925. Students create fictional characters, making Rochester an open-access, playable game space. The result is speculative fiction that relies on the structured archive of wiki, a steampunk vision of the future that finds new technological features in dynamic role-play of the past. Created in a collaboration among four departments at the Rochester Institute of Technology (English, Fine Arts, Interactive Games and Media, and 3D Digital Design), Steampunk Rochester feeds the local community with engaging stories even as it also turns the city into a game lab. The original, large Steampunk Rochester wiki is archived in the two linked sources. The wiki was well-populated with the people, places, and things that will become the raw material for the interactive video game that is being prototyped in Unity and will be playable late 2019 or early 2020. Trent Hergenrader’s students, nimbly moving between play and creative writing, are engaging colleagues across the university in applied creative arts, wherein interdisciplinary projects make a “classroom” that is equal parts off-campus physical location, embodied imagination, wiki, and game mechanics.
    This deposit is part of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities. Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication edited by Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, and published by the Modern Language Association. https://digitalpedagogy.hcommons.org/.
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