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John's First Encouter

Persona: John is a graduate student who is comfortable with computers. He has various writing projects on the go, including a thesis. He likes to procrastinate by surfing the web and reading up on digital humanities projects. He follows twitter and tweets occasionally.

Scenario 1: First Encounter

  1. John hears about the Writing Game on twitter and follows the link to the site.
  2. He clicks on the "3 Minutes About the Writing Game" video box to get a quick overview of the game.
  3. He decides to try it and gets and account using the form on the page. The game sends him an account activation email that, when he clicks it takes him to a page that goes over the ethics issues. He has to click "I have read and agreed with the terms of this game" in order to continue.
  4. He is now in the main page you get when you log in. This page gives him a couple of choices for new Projects he wants to start. Each of the possible projects includes a short description. The choices include: "Write a book", "Write an article", "Try Perl Writing", and "Customize your project".
  5. He clicks "Write an article" and it opens the New Project definition page that lets him customize how he wants to define this project. He fills in the title with "Article on Plato". He fills in how many pages the article should be (he can actually choose pages or words as the unit). In the case of an article length project there are no Milestones, just tasks. The definition page prompts him to explain the project in the "What I'm doing" field and then to identify the major tasks giving him 5 fields to do so. The definition also prompts him for the deadline date. All of this can be changed if he clicks on the project again and then clicks edit.
  6. He is then prompted to use the outline on the right to click one or more tasks. For each task he is
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