On Saturday, October 30, Full Sail University will be holding a ceremony, dedicating its new Game Studios to late gaming legend, and co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons series, Dave Arneson. The new studios will be named after Dave Arneson’s creation, BlackMoor, the fantasy role-playing game campaign setting in Dungeons & Dragons.
The ceremony will begin with the unveiling of the new studios, with guest speakers and game sessions taking place throughout the day, where any fan of Dungeons & Dragons, Settlers of Catan, or Munchkin, can come and play their favorite game. The guest speakers include:
- Malia Weinhagen - Dave Arneson’s daughter
- Duke Seifried – Former Executive Vice President, TSR
- Garry Jones – President of Full Sail University
- Rob Catto – Program Director for Game Studies
- Dustin Clingman – Founder and President of Zee Gee Games
- Shawn Stafford – Director of F.I.R.E The Full Sail Institute for Research in Entertainment, and Full Sail’s Course Director for Research and Design in Game Studies.
“Dave Arneson was a pioneer in gaming entertainment and we are honored to name the Full Sail game studios, BlackMoor, after his works,” said Rob Catto, Director of Game Studies. “This ceremony will honor our dear friend and esteemed colleague.”
Full Sail’s new Game Studios were designed specifically for the institution’s gaming degrees’ Final Project process.
The facility hosts student teams from the Game Development Bachelor of Science Degree, Game Art Bachelor of Science Degree, and Game Design Master of Science Degree. The facility features 8 game studio offices, 4 game development studios, 2 asset development rooms, a research room, and a conference room.
Dave Arneson taught classes in game design at Full Sail since it was first offered on campus in 1999, and was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in 1984. Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game that was created by both Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and was first published in 1974.
About Full Sail University:
Since 1979, Full Sail University, located outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 34,500 alumni, graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy® and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and #1 grossing U.S. concert tours.
Full Sail's 191-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 12,400 students from 50 states and 49 countries.
Full Sail currently offers a total of 28 campus and online degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees in Graphic Design and Recording Engineering; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in: Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Game Design, Game Development, Graphic Design, Internet Marketing, Music Business, Music Production, Recording Arts, Show Production, and Web Design & Development; Master of Science Degrees in Education Media Design & Technology, Game Design, Entertainment Business, and Internet Marketing; and Master of Fine Arts Degrees in Creative Writing and Media Design.
Full Sail was named the 2008 “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The university has also been previously named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.