Faculty Advisor

Sheldon, Charles Lee


Taming the Black Dog is an RPG where the protagonist is a student at a University taking a course in Psychology, specifically to learn how to identify and treat the symptoms of depression. However, their newly learned skills are put to the ultimate test as they are periodically transported to a parallel world that resembles our own, but the symptoms of depression manifest physically as fearsome monsters that threaten to overwhelm the protagonist and those close to them, all the while hounded by the eponymous Black Dog and its permutations, each more fearsome than the last. The experience goal of Taming the Black Dog is that, though they might not take the form of vicious monsters in a phantasmagorical plane, players will be able to recognize and address the same symptoms in the real world.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018


Interactive Media and Game Development

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science