Players can test their skills in classic chess or on one of the custom chess boards. It is a two-player, controller-compatible game that can be played on a computer keyboard, with controllers or both. They’ve shared a tutorial on YouTube.
“My favorite thing about the GDD program is getting to work with cool people to make games,” said Nugteren, of Minneapolis, who worked on the game’s art, animation, engineering and sound.
Team members who designed Checkmight with Nugteren are:
- Q Bryant, a GDD senior from Shakopee, Minn.: Lead, design and animation
- Elliott Duffy, a GDD junior from St. Paul: User interface art and typography
- Anthony Klotz, a CS junior from Waterloo: User interface engineer
- Sam Mayer, a CS junior from Chaska, Minn.: Fighting engineer and sound
- Mitchell VonEschen: Music. VonEschen is a junior studying jazz piano, composition and math at Lawrence University, in Appleton. This is the second SGX game he has collaborated on with UW-Stout students.
“The inspiration for Checkmight was an indie game called Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate, as well as fighting games like Guilty Gear and Street Fighter,” Bryant said. “The best part of the program is its project-oriented nature, as it helps me learn specific skills that I’m interested in.”
Duffy and Klotz both enjoy the freedom to solve problems, to “make changes on the fly” and work on any part of a game experience. “I like being able to look at something and ideate how to make the concept a reality,” Duffy said.
The School of Art & Design Senior Show will feature capstone projects by nearly 120 graduating seniors from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. SOAD students will display their creative works in exhibits throughout Applied Arts and Micheels Hall:
- Video production: Capstone creators and select animators will premiere their work in room 210, on the biggest screen on campus. Screening will loop throughout the evening.
- Graphic design and interactive media: room 221E.
- Industrial design: rooms 216 and 217.
- Interior design: room 220. A lighting design show will be in room 219.
- The Studio Art Exhibition will be on display in Gallery 209. The show is based on a wide variety of media, from comics to sculpture to photography.