COMM 344 – Game Design

The Game Design course allows students to understand the concepts behind designing a game and, it provides students with the skills to work in teams to create their own children’s board game and eventually turn that game into an iPad game.  Working together with two others, we came up with the game idea called “Movin’ On Up the Food Chain”.  The game gave the players the ability to trade energy to become different animals and plants in the food chain.  The ultimate goal was to have enough energy to trade in to become a human.  Although we worked on developing the game together, my main focus was to perfect the rules.  After testing the game on children, I made the proper revisions to the rules and to the game in general.  Then, I individually transformed the game into an outline for a potential iPad game.  The startup screen is below.

The startup screen for my iPad game

The startup screen for my iPad game

The Rules:

Movin’ On Up the Food Chain




A circular playing board, a pad of paper and pen, and 2 dice


The objective of the game is to be the first player to become a human.  To become a human, a player has to reach 35 energy points and draw a human chance card. The energy points can be traded in to become a human.


The youngest player goes first and the player to his or her left goes next, and so on.  All players start with three energy, but can never go below zero and will be kept track of on a sheet of paper.  Players begin by rolling 2 dice and combining the numbers to determine the number of moves he/she makes.  All players begin in the sun, which is the middle of the board and can choose 1 of 4 directions to go, which are indicated by the lines protruding from the sun.  The 4 white spots are the starting points.  Once game play has begun, the white spots continue to count as spots.  Whenever a player lands on a white spot, that player has the opportunity to steal 5 energy points from the player of their choice.  Depending on which direction a player chooses, he/she will start in different areas of the board, including arctic, jungle, swampland, and desert.  Players will then move clockwise around the circle and amount of moves will continue to depend on the die rolls.  When players land on a daylight spot, they add 5 energy points and when players land on a nighttime spot, they lose 2 energy points.  Dark blue spots are nighttime spots and light blue spots are daytime spots.  Every time players land on nighttime spots, they will be asked a question from the stack of question cards by the person to their left.   Once a question card has been used, put it to the side.  Also, if two players land on the same spot, a duel will occur.  During a duel, whichever player is higher on the food chain will automatically win.  If both players have not become members of the food chain, the players will roll a dice and the person with the highest number wins the duel.  The winner of the duel steals 5 energy points from the other player.


In addition to question cards, chance cards will be present in each area of the board.  Chance cards consist of different members of the food chain that will give players special abilities and advantages, including plants, animals, and people and other special directions, some positive and some negative.  Every time a player takes a turn, they will have the opportunity to pick a chance card.  In the event that a player picks a member of the food chain card, they will have the option to trade in energy to become that member.  If a direction card is picked, players must do what the card says.   Different members of the food chain require different amounts of energies, but remember, in order to become a human, a player must have 50 energy points.  Chance cards can be put back in the piles once they are done being used.

Game Rules


COMM 352: Computer Mediated Communication

Software: Adobe Dreamweaver

The Computer Mediated Communications course allows students to develop their own twenty-five page website, about a topic of their choice.  Because I have always been fascinated with diamonds, I decided to enhance my personal knowledge about the subject and create a website dedicated to informing viewers about diamonds.  Since purple denotes royalty, the side bar is a rich purple color.  To keep the website professional and classic, I decided to make the background brown.  To prepare, I had to map out the website and determine the exact layout, pictures, and links to every page.  In the planning phase, I worked out each of the twenty-five pages and have included the first five of those pages.  Anything underlined indicates a link and specific notes on each page indicate the layout.




All About Diamonds Website


Page 1: The Four C’s of Diamonds (1.4)

Before purchasing a diamond, many things need to be kept in mind to ensure the best quality diamond for your money.  It is possible to see an amazing diamond in the jewelry store, only to later realize the lack of quality.  In order to help prevent this from happening, a universal rule has been established that is referred to as the four C’s of diamonds.  If followed correctly, this rule allows anyone to be able to buy a diamond that fits individuality and personality.  These C’s are special characteristics that need distinct attention to guarantee the best quality when buying any gemstone, but specifically diamonds.  The four C’s are:

  • Cut
  • Color
  • Clarity
  • Carat

Each “C” needs to be inspected carefully because they bring a unique and special characteristic to the diamond.  Overlooking any of these characteristics could potentially detract from the overall quality of the stone.  So, before diamond shopping, make sure you have basic knowledge of the C’s and remember to keep them in mind when making a purchase.


Page 2: Cut (1.4.1)

When choosing a diamond, the appropriate cut really determines the amount of shine a diamond gives off.  If the correct proportion of cut is made, the light will go through the top of the diamond and then come back out the top as well.  This will produce that magnificent sparkle that only a correct cut diamond can offer.  If a stone is cut too shallow or too deep though, the light will not properly reflect through the diamond, making it duller.  Shallow cut diamonds will only allow light to go directly through the bottom while deep cut diamonds only reflect light out of the side.  Thus, proper diamond sparkle and shine is truly determined by the proper cut.  It is also important to remember that the shape of the diamond will not, if done properly, affect the cut or quality of the diamond.  Personal shape taste will not detract from the quality of diamond.

Learn more about the other C’s: color, clarity, and carat.

*The pictures will break up the text by placing one after mentioning the correct cut and the other after mentioning the incorrect cuts.


Page 3: Color (1.4.2)

When searching for a clear diamond, it is important to remember that diamonds are graded based on their color or tint.  So, a diamond may be considered clear or white, but it may have a yellowish or brownish tint.  White diamonds are categorized through colorless to light yellow using the letters D-Z, with D being completely colorless and Z being light yellow.  Stones should be graded only when they are loose because the metal can actually affect the way the diamond looks.  Although clear diamonds will always be popular and timles, colored diamons are becoming more and more popular.  Diamonds literally come in every color of the rainbow and then some.  However, only 1 out of every 10,000 carats of diamonds are naturally colored.

Popular Fancy Colored Diamonds:

  • Blue-Second rarest diamond, only to red, and are becoming increasingly sought after.
  • Brown-Come in many different shades and are considered to be relatively affordable.
  • Pink-Very rare and are considered to be romantic.
  • Yellow-Becoming extremely fashionable.

Even More Fancy Colored Diamonds:

  • Red
  • Black
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Orange

Learn more about the other C’s: cut, clarity, and carat.

*The bolding of the popular fancy colors indicates that it will not be a link but viewers will be able to hover over the specific color to learn more, which is what is written after each one.


Page 4: Clarity (1.4.3)

Before buying a diamond, it is important to inspect its clarity.  Clarity can be determined by the amount and location of flaws or blemishes on a diamond.  So, the cleaner and clearer the diamond, the more expensive.  Another aspect of clarity is inclusions.  Inclusions are simply marks on the diamond that can interfere with the light trying to pass through.  Bigger or mulitple inclusionds on a stone will reduce its overall ability to shine and sparkle.  To help better determine the exact clarity of a diamond, a specifc scale has been set up.  According the the scale, diamonds range from:

  • flawless
  • internally flawless
  • very, very small inclusions
  • very small inclusions
  • small inclusions
  • imperfect

As a diamond approaches flawless, the price and quality increases too.  On the other hand, as a diamond approaches imperfect, the price and quality decreases.

Learn more about the other C’s: cut, color, and carat.


Page 5: Carat (1.4.4)

When determining the correct diamond to buy, carat is an aspect that should be considered.  Diamonds are measured in carat weight and not size.  Carat weight is used to measure the length, width, and depth of a stone.  Thus, diamonds having the same carat weight can have different sizes or stones that are the same size can have different carat weights.  As the carat weight increases, so do its rarity and therefore its price increases as well.  Carats are divided into 100 points so a diamond with 50 points weighs .5 carats.  Also, a diamond with 150 points weighs 1.5 carats.  Additionally, it is important to remember that pieces of jewelry with more than one stone can have a combined carat, but a single stone with the same carat would be worth more.  For instance, a necklace weighing 3 carats is not as rare as a single diamond weighing 3 carats.

Learn more about the other C’s: cut, clarity, and color.

5 pages of website



COMM 461: Senior Capstone

The Senior Capstone course allows students to pick one area of communication and new media to focus on and develop a project showcasing the skills and expertise they have acquired throughout their experience in the department.  As I am currently working for a local recruiting and consulting firm, I was able to develop a social media campaign to boost the business.  The campaign includes an overview of the company, an executive summary, a communication audit, target audience personas, a competive analysis, a SWOT analysis, key messages, a positioning statement, objectives/strategies/tactics, and a calendar.





Force Recruiting and Consulting: A Social Media Campaign

The research page on my poster.

The research page on my poster.

The SWOT analysis page on my poster.
The SWOT analysis page on my poster.