By the Campfire

PC, Mac, and WebGL versions of the game are found here:

Full documentation regarding the development and design process can be found here: By the Campfire Documentation

By the Campfire is a short interactive-narrative designed to promote active listening and empathetic conversation skills in teenagers. It was developed as part of project Mindset, a five-person project team at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center during the Fall 2017 semester. More information on Mindset can be found on the project website.

We were working in collaboration with iThrive Games to create a suite of micro-games designed to encourage and empower pro-social behavior in high school students. iThrive Games is a team of social and emotional learning experts, psychologists, and game developers that brings together game studios, teen development experts, and positive psychology experts to explore how great games can empower teens to discover and use their unique strengths, unlock their potential, and take charge of their well-being. Each game focused on one of three positive psychology constructs: Curiosity, Growth Mindset, and Empathy. By collaborating with high school students throughout the design process, we were able to produce games were simple, accessible, and effective.

My role on By the Campfire was game/narrative designer, programmer, and project lead.


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