Game Designer - Full Time at Filament Games

1 month ago Design & Art Middle Full-Time 41,000-85,000 $/Year

Filament Games seeks a talented and bright Game Designer to join our core development team.


Experience

  • Bachelors or beyond in relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • A strong portfolio of design documentation that clearly explains mechanics for a game or games, ideally with a serious or educational purpose
  • A strong portfolio of game titles (not necessarily digital) with collaborative or sole responsibility for design and design documentation
  • Experience and passion for creating design-centric games, ideally serious or learning games
  • Knowledge of game balancing and pacing
  • Experience and skill in communication and collaborative problem solving

Required Skills

  • Ability to effectively communicate design ideas through sketches
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Firm grasp of what makes games compelling, interesting and engaging
  • Ability to create detailed design documents and work closely with programmers and artists to implement game features
  • Ability to effectively analyze and give direction for improving submitted gameplay assets
  • Ability to diplomatically present client feedback to development team to ensure client satisfaction
  • Ability to work within a highly dynamic environment where team members often have multiple responsibilities
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to revise design according to critique
  • Advanced design ideas and detailed understanding of game mechanics across a wide set of genres
  • Personal Characteristics
  • Able to shift between detail-oriented and big picture thinking depending on the problem at
  • hand
  • Collaborative thinker, helping support team ideas rather than "win" with their own ideas
  • Self-motivated
  • Positive attitude
  • Innovative
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, collaborative, entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to revise design according to critique

Cool Extra Skills

  • Indie and/or serious game design experience
  • Knowledge of and affection for strange or esoteric games
  • Passion for learning and for designing learning experiences
  • Scripting experience for simple digital prototypes
  • Illustration skills for enhanced storyboard development
  • Something you bring to the table that is unique that we haven't thought of!


Description

Filament Games seeks a talented and bright Game Designer to join our core development team. The Game Designer takes the helm on specific learning game projects, serving as both Lead Designer and Client Advocate.

A Game Designer must be able to:

  • Draft and present game design documentation
  • Write and edit narrative content
  • Work with developers on data integration
  • During game production, Game Designers test new features, provide feedback, and work with clients to clarify their goals and expectations.

Responsibilities

  • Act as Lead Designer and Client Advocate on assigned projects
  • Test new features, provide feedback, and work with clients to clarify their goals and
expectations
  • Represent client goals and advocate for client perspective during internal meetings
  • Provide estimates to the production team
  • Create and build gameplay systems and scenarios for projects
  • Lead and participate in playtests and design reviews
  • Draft and present game design documentation, wireframes, storyboards and prototypes
  • Write and edit narrative content
  • Work with Developers on design problems, content creation, and data integration
  • Perform research and draft summary reports on research
  • Travel occasionally to observe in-classroom playtests
  • Respond to QA and design issues in development and real-time environments
  • Other design work as needed

About Filament Games

Our team is a creative, interdisciplinary group of people who are making a difference. Through innovative educational games we're working to modernize education and revolutionize learning!

We believe that the best work – and the best life – comes from a healthy balance between work and play, discipline, and fun. Our office culture reflects this.

Our office is located in downtown Madison, a lively city with a world-class university, burgeoning tech industry and beautiful state capitol. Downtown Madison is a vibrant, active urban center with fun weekly events like Concert on the Square and the Farmer's Market, and offers access to a variety of eclectic restaurants, music venues, and the best of Madison's nightlife.

Filament offers a competitive benefits package, including health/dental/vision care, short & long term disability, a Flexible Spending Account, 401k retirement plan, subsidized bus fare, discounted gym membership, profit sharing, and unlimited paid time off.

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