June 6, 2016
Rishub Nagpal and Forest Cinelli met three years ago at the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Math, Science and Technology and have been friends ever since. This summer they will join forces with designers and artists at the Virginia Serious Game Institute to bring their game “Tree Checkers” to life.
Nagpal, a student in the Volgenau School of Engineering, at George Mason University, and Cinelli, who attends Worcester Polytechnic Institute, were the youngest entrants at the Dean’s Business Plan Competition, and won the inaugural mobile game design competition. The event, held in May at the Crystal City offices of alumnus Paul Singh, was sponsored by the School’s of Business and Engineering, the Colleges of Science and Humanities and Social Sciences and brought together students and alumni to pitch ideas and earn prize money.
The students started the project at winter break and used their free time to develop the game. They describe it as a game that combines the simplicity of checkers with the strategy of chess.
This summer the two students will gain management experience as they work with James Casey and others at the Virginia Serious Games Institute to flesh out the different elements of the game.
Currently the game consists of simple lines and circles. The students readily admit that they are programmers not artists. They hope that this summer that the SGI team will develop a persona for the game to make it more fun and exciting for players.
This article reprinted from materials provided by George Mason University.