An industrial design scholar at Pennsylvania Faculty of Know-how has “rolled the cube” along with his senior undertaking. And his transfer appears to be like like a successful one.
Cullen Berfield, of Jersey Shore, has designed a board sport for his capstone. Full with revolutionary guidelines, cube, participant items, boards and playing cards, the distinctive endeavor marries his affinity for technique video games along with his inventive instincts.
“I’ve all the time liked board video games as a result of they bring about folks collectively,” Berfield mentioned. “Bringing folks collectively for a piece of time, whether or not or not it’s for a half hour or just a few hours, is one thing that I discover particular.”
Because the begin of the semester, Berfield has spent numerous hours giving life to his thought for a sport, from brainstorming to design and testing to manufacturing.
“I’ve loved each side,” he mentioned. “I assumed, ‘Why not make a board sport that form of breaks the foundations? Why not make it three-dimensional?’ “
Seekers of the Sacred was born.
The sport’s goal is to build up essentially the most factors whereas exploring a 3D temple. Gamers must scale the temple’s exterior earlier than gaining entry to varied layers. Factors are earned by discovering treasures on every degree and by “stealing” from different gamers. The sport is for 2 to 4 people who find themselves no less than 12 years outdated.
“As for technique, it’s a giant combine between luck and ability,” Berfield mentioned.
The need to make use of his mixture of expertise led Berfield to industrial design, the follow of reworking concepts into designs of marketable tasks and programs. He got here to Penn Faculty as a constructing building know-how scholar, however switched majors after touring the economic design lab and interacting with Thomas Ask, the professor who created and oversees this system.
“It’s probably the greatest applications I might have chosen for myself,” Berfield mentioned. “Like many different college students, seeing a professor so enthusiastic and passionate concerning the main helped me understand it was for me. Additionally, the combination between artwork and engineering was the right match.”
His inventive capacity encompasses greater than the artistic use of computer-aided design and engineering software program required by the most important. Berfield performs guitar for the 28th Infantry Division Band of the Pennsylvania Military Nationwide Guard, the state’s oldest skilled music efficiency group.
Berfield joined the Nationwide Guard after graduating from highschool and centered on aviation operations earlier than providing his musical expertise to the band. He’s performed guitar because the age of seven. The Nationwide Guard expertise has offered the chance to savor one other curiosity cultivated throughout childhood: Board video games.
Throughout downtime on Guard weekends, Berfield and a fellow reservist and board sport fanatic immerse themselves of their joint assortment of video games. The exercise reminds him of treasured moments taking part in chess and different video games along with his grandfather. It additionally displays his future objective. Berfield desires to be an expert designer of board video games.
His senior undertaking may very well be the gateway to fulfilling that dream.
“Displaying my creativity and the flexibility to take one small thought or theme and make it into one strong and artistic sport will hopefully no less than give me a little bit leverage to work at a sport firm,” Berfield mentioned.
Ask sees such potential.
“Cullen is passionate and proficient,” the professor mentioned. “He has a transparent imaginative and prescient for his designs. He’s very artistic and prepared to work onerous.
“Nobody has ever designed a sport in our program. Cullen’s undertaking reveals the interdisciplinary nature of design, the place attract, enjoyable and problem are all intertwined.”
Seekers of the Sacred consists of 5 sorts of playing cards; 4 cube, participant items, participant storage areas and boards; and three structural items. Berfield designed all the weather except for illustrations on participant playing cards, which had been created by classmate Matthew Sauer, of Fleetwood.
“Making a bit for a board sport is simple, however making many items that work properly collectively is the difficult half,” Berfield mentioned.
Testing the sport with quite a lot of folks has been the opposite main problem. The social distancing necessities ensuing from the COVID-19 pandemic have restricted Berfield’s check group.
“Total, it appeared like everybody loved taking part in the sport, however the one actual standpoint I’ve is from pals, household and myself, which could be utterly skewing my outcomes,” he mentioned.
When restrictions are lifted, Berfield hopes to check the sport with folks representing a variety of ages and backgrounds. That suggestions might result in some tweaking earlier than he’s able to market Seekers of the Sacred to a sport firm or promote it on his personal.
Identical to the sport itself, experiencing that actuality depends upon ability and a few luck, which fits Berfield simply positive.
“Even when solely a pair folks find yourself taking part in the sport, in the event that they get pleasure from it, it might be all price it,” he mentioned. “If the response isn’t what I hoped for then will probably be again to designing extra video games, and that basically is a win for me.”
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