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Invitation to Minecraft Challenge by Stephen Getter and Sherry Jones (For GamesMOOC, December 7, 2013)
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Hello GamesMOOC Participants!

This is Sherry Jones, the Rhetoric and Game Studies instructor of rgMOOC, or “Rhetoric and Composition: The Persuasive Power of Video Games as Paratexts.” This is a college level Rhetoric and Composition course that explores various rhetorical theories for analyzing the meaning of digital games.  During rgMOOC 2 (September 2 - November 10, 2013), @TheGameMole (Stephen Getter) and myself co-created and issued a Minecraft Challenge to all rgMOOC participants to build a rhetorical object in Minecraft.  Are you up for the challenge?

In collaboration with the GamesMOOC, we are posing the same Minecraft Challenge to you!  If you are interested in joining us in Minecraft, please start reviewing the Minecraft Challenge Rules now in order to plan for the object you would like to build!  On December 7, 2013 (Saturday), both myself and @TheGameMole will build nostalgic game objects with you in Minecraft.

rgMOOC Minecraft Challenge! (Higher-Ed Edition)

  1. Build a character or an iconic object from a popular game, such as a board game, a card game, a video game, etc. However, the game must be popular enough that we can guess from what game your character or object came.
  2. You may work as an individual or in a group.
  3. You are not allowed to tell anyone outside of your group what game character or iconic object you are building before and during the Minecraft Challenge. You may post signs next to your project that give hints without naming the game.
  4. Your project must be a minimum of 10 blocks wide and 10 blocks high, but must be less than 50 blocks in any direction.
  5. Your project must include at least one block that rests on the ground. You are not allowed to make your entire project float above the ground.
  6. You must make your entire project from wool. There are many colors of wool available in your inventory. There is one exception to this rule (see below).
  7. You must create your character or iconic object in a color scheme different than the game’s color scheme (e.g. What would Kirby look like if he were blue?).
  8. Whether or not it makes sense for the game you choose, you must include at least one of the following objects:




Car, Truck, or Bus





Bonus! (Include either of these concepts in your project):

  1. Moving Parts - This can be a door that opens with a button, a mine cart that carries your audience through your project, or any other moving part that you can include in your project. This is the only exception to the rule of using only wool blocks. You can use any blocks you need to make these parts move. However, the rest of your project must still be made with wool.
  2. Perspective Play - Play with your audience’s perspective by making your project appear as one thing from one direction and an entirely different thing from another direction (e.g. You see Pacman when looking from the West, but a ghost when looking from the North). However, all your perspectives must show characters or iconic objects from the same game.

“rgMOOC Minecraft Challenge” ( co-created by Sherry Jones @autnes and Stephen Getter @TheGameMole.   of 2