Friday, February 18, 2005

Five days of teaching at Hogskölan Skövde

Skövde, Sweden

Skovde logoI spent a whole week at the University of Skövde in Sweden, teaching students at all levels. The first-years were just finishing up their final projects for this semester, and I looked them over and made suggestions. I gave my usual game design workshop to the second-years, and a brand-new workshop on character design to the third-years. Since I had never given it before, they had to serve as guinea pigs. I underestimated the amount of work it would be, but they went at it with a will and created some great characters.

It snowed the day before I arrived, with a vengeance. Both my plane and train were late, and footing was treacherous all week long. Still, the campus looked lovely with its white blanket, and the air had that mysterious cold quiet feel that snow always creates, discouraging noise or activity. Everything seemed gently peaceful... even despite a false fire alarm on the last day.

I'm already making plans to go back next year. Skövde has an excellent program and a fun group of students.