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“Modern table-top games are complex because of emergent gameplay design. Digital versions of table-top board games using three-dimensional models, gesture-based interactions, and turn-based tutorials enables the new player to quickly learn these games to experience the emergent gameplay with other players. "


Modern table-top board games are challenging for new players to learn because of the complexity of the rules, physical components, and implied player interactions. All of these components play a role in the complex systems that the player has to understand in order to learn how to play a game and experience the emergent gameplay that was designed. By using three-dimensional interfaces and gesture-based interactions, board games can be easier to learn in a digital form.

Steven Johnson states that "emergence arises out of complexity." This complexity can lead to accessibility issues for a new player and can discourage the player from breaking through this wall of systems to play the game. By using a digital environment, these complex game systems found in board games can be illustrated in a meaningful way and enable the gameplay to be more accessible for the new player learning how to play the game.

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My name is Mark Koberlein and I have been a professional web designer, app developer, and instructor for about 13 years. I live in a small town next to Allentown, PA with my wife 2 daughters. My wife and I are avid gamers and movie watchers. I am currently a tenure-track Instructor in the Communication Design department at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem PA, where I teach courses in general computer graphics, web design, mobile applications, interactive design, server-side programming, and animation. I started this journey as an undergrad at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. For the first 2 years, I studied Computer Science and then changed my major to Religious Studies to finish my under-grad studies with a Bachelor of Arts. After college, I decided to not pursue the reli... Read More