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Join Toontown's New Game Design Team!

Posted by The Toontown Team on February 15, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Hello again, Toontown! My name is Joey, though you may better know me by my wacky character from the Toontown Blog: Sir Max. Some of you may have heard that after 6½ years of running the Public Relations Team here at Toontown Rewritten, I've passed that torch into great gloves, and will be shifting my focus to full-time Creative Direction.

This post is to tell you a little bit more about what that means for Toontown, and to introduce a brand new department of our team that needs YOUR help: The Game Design Team!


Toontown needs YOU to help with Game Design!

What is Game Design?

Game Design, in essence, focuses on designing the content and rules of a game. Game Designers work alongside artists, programmers, sound designers, and other team members to create a unified vision for how all of these things come together to make a game fun.

Who are the people that decided how much damage a Toontanic deals? Or mapped out the way that ToonTasks work? Or created the rules for Sellbot Field Office minigames? That's right: Game Designers!

Using Toontown's Design Pillars, we help the team plan creative designs for mechanics, systems, balancing, core loops, and all other aspects of gameplay while upholding the creative principles that have made Toontown outrageously fun. Additionally, the Game Design Department processes player feedback, performs data analysis, hosts playtesting sessions, identifies accessibility problems, and more.™

What Qualifications Do I Need?

There are a few different roles on the Game Design Team that require different responsibilities, which we'll talk about in a moment. Game Designers don't necessarily have to be artists, programmers, or sound designers themselves these days -- but any of these additional skills are useful!

While the applications below will dive deeper into specific qualifications: The main thing we're looking for with our new Game Design Team is a group of creative people who are excellent collaborators, and who possess deep listening skills to understand the core principles that make Toontown fun. To quote Toontown Online's original Creative Director, Jesse Schell:

"The most important skill for a game designer is listening. [...] By listening, I don’t mean merely hearing what is said. I mean a deeper listening, a thoughtful listening."

What Positions are Available?

There are currently three positions available on the Game Design team. Here's a very brief overview for each. Click on any link to view the application and learn more!

  • Game Designer
    Design, iterate, and playtest game content while upholding the creative principles that have made Toontown outrageously fun. Other responsibilities include processing feedback, hosting playtests, and performing data analysis.

  • Level Designer
    Collaborate with the development team to map out virtual spaces which solve unique challenges that arise in a massively multiplayer environment. No artistic or programming knowledge is required, however we do prefer applicants who have the ability to construct whiteboxed levels in a format that can be imported into Toontown’s game engine, Panda3D.

  • UX Designer
    Identify accessibility problems and other impediments to the player experience, as well as design user interfaces in collaboration with other team members. Work with our art and programming teams to improve our existing interfaces and create brand new ones.

How Can I Learn More?

If you're interested in any of these positions, you should absolutely apply! We're looking to get this new team together as soon as possible, and the worst thing that can happen is we'll give you some ideas about how to improve with encouragement to apply again in the future.

If you'd like to learn more about Game Design but aren't sure where to start, you're in luck! Toontown Online's original Creative Director, Jesse Schell, literally wrote the book on Game Design. You can learn more about the book and the free app on the Art of Game Design website.

NOTE: Schell Games isn't affiliated with Toontown Rewritten and didn't ask us to advertise Jesse's book. We just really enjoy it, and there are even some stories about Toontown's development in there!

How Does This Change Impact Toontown?

Throughout the many years of Toontown Rewritten's life, I've always had to split my time between creative direction, community management, marketing, programming, team leadership, and all of the other tasks to juggle when serving as one of the leaders of a small volunteer team for a very large online game.

Luckily, the Toontown Rewritten Team is no longer quite so small! Our team is now 80 members strong, and there are finally structures in place that allow me to take some of the weight off of my shoulders by moving away from the marketing & community management side of things. In basic terms, this means that I'll be able to put more of my time towards helping the team move along projects like Sellbot Field Offices, which are scheduled for release this year.

Even with this new time on my hands, however, we can't do it without you! We need your support to keep Toontown growing, whether it's by joining the Game Design Team, a different position, or just by spreading some joy and kindness throughout the Toontown Community.

Thanks for reading this very long post, and thanks for supporting Toontown. We're working hard on new content for 2020, and we can't wait for you to play it!

Apply Now!


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Andrew said on February 15, 2020 at 3:46 PM
I would love to become one, thank you toontown for giving me a change to apply With love,andrew

Bongo Rock said on February 15, 2020 at 3:51 PM
Whoah

Javeen said on February 15, 2020 at 4:35 PM
Hello! I feel really excited to become a game designer for years but never got the intent of being a game designer since there was nothing really inspiring me to have a dream of being a game designer for years! I did want to learn Python and I did take Computer Science classes and it would be a dream to actually be on the TTR team one day.

Mac (113) said on February 15, 2020 at 4:41 PM
Awesome!

Boss said on February 15, 2020 at 5:47 PM
I'm really excited to see all the new stuff you guys are adding this year! Keep up the good work!

Louie McChubs said on February 15, 2020 at 6:41 PM
This is a great idea, and I'm sure it'll yield some great results. I think another good idea like this would be to let the community have a place to express ideas as to what they might think would be a good addition to the game. I'm sure some people have some wacky yet good ideas for the game.

Dynamite lemonboing said on February 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM
A problem : I don't know how to design things haha :(

Miss Duckie Flappiness said on February 15, 2020 at 9:28 PM
I love this game.

Princess whiskers glitter Squeak said on February 16, 2020 at 7:00 AM
yay!

Key Maker said on February 16, 2020 at 7:05 AM
Awesome job btw! Hope we continue to get great people :)

Little Curious Goob said on February 16, 2020 at 9:28 AM
CONGRATULATIONS JOEY! We are all so happy for you and all of the Toontown Rewritten Team! Can't wait to see what's in store for 2020! I know it will be SPECTACULAR! Again, thank YOU and all of the Toontown Rewritten Team for all you do in keeping our beloved game alive and thriving! Also, can't wait for TOONFEST/FX REPLAY 2020! You all are the BEST! Keep up the GREAT work! IT (the great work) and ALL OF YOU are so appreciated! THANK YOU! <3

Rudolph said on February 16, 2020 at 2:36 PM
This is so neat! I don't have any of the qualifications, however, I'm excited to see what the players and creators of ToonTown have in store for us! Best of luck to all who apply!! ~ Rudolph (Rudy)

Bluebeary said on February 16, 2020 at 5:08 PM
That's great, i know i speak for all toon's when i say that I thank you for keeping the game alive after ToonTown online shut down. But those day's are over thank you ToonTown thanks for eveything!

Mint said on February 16, 2020 at 10:54 PM
I want the models to be slightly revamped, not too much, just enough to make it look better without taking away the nostalgia, But i don't think anyone would care if you didn't, thank you for toon town rewritten.

Ginger Sparklesticks said on February 17, 2020 at 3:21 PM
So cool! I'd love to but I'm not the best at designing things. Best of luck to those who apply! :D Dream big guys, you can do it! Also shout out to the TTR team for keeping the game alive, new and exciting! <3

Jakelon said on February 17, 2020 at 11:07 PM
I always been interested in learning how to design games. but never wanted to go to college for it. because game designing wasn't my first interest. but still always wanted to learn like a hobby wise.

max said on February 19, 2020 at 9:20 AM
awesome good

The Legendary Donkey said on February 19, 2020 at 2:47 PM
...Hold up! What's this? WHAT?! Well, forget this cliffhanger that I was trying to do here because I need to sign up ASAP! I have this PERFECT envision for how the end of the game will play out, and I don't want ANYONE to steal it from me! Just you wait. Someday, when you least expect it... The Legendary Donkey will strike again!

OB said on February 19, 2020 at 7:09 PM
I think if implemented effectively this could really be what the game needs. Hopefully the new game design team will be able to implement the new content and gameplay Toontown desperately needs to stay alive and grow.
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