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The new buzz around campus is BEAUcraft. With all of the intrigue and excitement, Game Art Program Chair Mark Sorenson gets everyone caught up on the most recent addition to BEAU’s extracurricular scene.
What is ‘World of BEAUcraft’?
Excellent question, I’m so glad you asked. Besides a terrible play on words, BEAUcraft is BEAU’s own game club where the club members have embarked on a mission to build a working video game from start to finish.
How does that work?
BEAUcraft has been meeting each Thursday for over a quarter now, and the students have put together some amazing illustrations, sound effects and level designs. The way it works is students from different programs show up once a week to get assignments from their team leads and then go home and work on them. The following week they return and report.
We have teams for characters, creeps, environment, audio and story. All students with a desire to learn and contribute are welcome. The game being worked on is called Crystal Creeps, and it’s a sci-fi adventure game that takes place on a planet covered with crystals. I would definitely recommend this to students who have wanted to work on a video game. There are a lot of learning opportunities and faculty are there to help mentor students and give them one-on-one time with software like Photoshop and Maya.
Why was BEAUcraft created?
Let me get comfy on my soapbox. Here we go. We wanted to give students an excuse to understand what all the programs do at BEAU and how they might work together to accomplish larger projects. Building a game lets them see all the skills other students have acquired. We have audio guys who can create amazing sound effects for the characters that the game art students will be modeling and animating. We have wonderful character art to model from because the Comic students are awesome at illustrating and make great concept art. In short, we wanted to build a community that could learn from and challenge itself.
Interested students can talk to Mark Sorenson or Ryan Lamb for more information.