Dragon Nest: Immersive Experience Design

April 12, 2021   /  

Name: Mika Yonaha
Self-designed Major: Digital Design of Entertainment Environments
Advisors: Dr. Bridget Murphy Milligan, Dr. Nathan Sommer

I have designed an interior space with a live-action role-playing game which simulates a fantasy world and engages the audience in a story.This entire experience consists of multiple elements I designed including the game structure, narrative, interior design of a dragon nest, and life-size dragon in the nest. The game begins by giving the participants the setting and the storyline, and they receive missions to complete. The participants explore campus for clues to complete these missions, collaborating with their team members. When the participants collect all the clues they arrive at the final location, the dragon nest I have set up at the MacKenzie Gallery, to face the climax of the story. The ultimate goal of my project is to force the audience to immerse themselves into the story and the world. Along their journey, my hope is that participants understand that the world can be totally different from what one believes depending on one’s perspective.

The three images in this Symposium page are key visuals of each mission: a story of villagers, magical creatures, and a wizard. To join the experience and know the whole story, please come to theMacKenzie Gallery through April 19th–22nd.To sign up for the experience, please click here.

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Mika will be online to field comments on April 16:
2-4pm EDT (PST: 11am-1pm, Africa/Europe: evening)

24 thoughts on “Dragon Nest: Immersive Experience Design”

    1. Thank you very much Rachel! I’m so glad to see your comment! Please come to my in-person exhibition next week if you have time!

    1. Thank you very much Carla! You supported me with writing the IS a lot. Thanks to you, I successfully finished my IS! Can’t wait to show you whole my project next week!

    1. Thank you very much, professor Visa! I still remember your excitement when I present my project in the CS topic presentation! I’m so happy to see your excitement here too!

  1. What a fascinating concept. I very excited to see your work!

    Congratulations Mika!

    1. Thank you very much, professor Guarnera! I’m so glad to see your comments! Can’t wait to show you the whole experience next week!

    1. Thank you very much Andy! I wish I could have you in my experience session too! Thanks again for your comment!

    1. Thank you very much for signing up Kath! I’m so excited to show my whole project to you next week!

  2. Such awesome work Mika! I got to see the construction of your dragon in sculpture studio a little bit ago and I can all the work that went into your project! Congrats!!

    1. Thank you Piper!! I’m so glad to see your comments! Please come to see my completed dragon next week! It’s now more detailed than one you saw haha! Also, if you have time, please sign up for the experience session too! I think you would enjoy it!

    1. Thank you Carlos! I am so glad to hear your comments! I wish I could show my work in person to you. I’ll definitely send you my exhibition pictures next week!

  3. Congratulations Mika!! So excited to experience your project in person soon!!

    1. Thanks Hitomi!! I am super excited to finally show my whole project in person to you! Please look forward to it!

    1. Thank you very much Tessa! I’m so glad that you signed up for the experience session! Can’t wait to show you my whole project to you!

  4. Your art amazes me!! And the thoughtfulness behind your project, especially with your goal of engaging your audience with the idea that the world is experienced differently depending on each person’s individual perspective, is so impressive. You’re awesome!! Can’t wait to see this in person!

    1. Thank you very much Gracie!! I’m really happy to hear that! You inspired me to create the whole experience and story. I still remember the night we talked about my IS structure a lot haha. I am so excited to show my work to you in-person!

  5. Congratulations on completing your IS, Mika! This sounds incredible! I hope all the in-person games go well, and I am thoroughly impressed with your creativity and artistic skill.

  6. As an aspiring Art-CS major and your Chasing Dance teammate, I am so fascinated by your self-design major as well as the experience on this Monday, which I believe will be fantastic. Your energy in dancing is already very self-spoken of the dedication you put into your IS as well as your career trajectory.

    Other than, I hope to hear a little bit about your IS choice. What makes the dragon meaningful to your study?

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