App 3: System Design Game
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App 3: System Design Game

TLDR
Learn system design by playing a game.
Date
Oct 18, 2021
Idea
ProductHunt
GitHub
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Approach

What is system design?
Wikipedia: Systems design is the process of defining elements of a system like modules, architecture, components and their interfaces and data for a system based on the specified requirements.
System design is the pain and joy of every engineer
  • How do we design scalable systems?
  • It's so incredibly fun to think about building components that drive the day-to-day life of millions of people
  • At the same time, it's incredibly difficult!
  • Especially when system design is an actively tested topic in interviews!
How the hell do you design Twitter in 30min?
How the hell do you design Twitter in 30min?
School doesn't help that much!
  • Computer science students (at least from what I know) don't have that much experience in designing large-scale systems.
  • Most are tripped up when asked questions on system design
How to learn about system design then?
  • Books! Websites!
  • & Most Importantly REAL-WORLD WORK!
  • But...
  • How do you get real-world work if you can't even pass the system design interview to get your foot in the Tech door?
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Can there be a better way of learning system design?

Ideas

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The System Design Game
Manifesto
Imagine an empire building game but this time for designing Facebook from a startup all the way to a MNC!
Along the way you would be met with various disasters such as server crashes, privacy concerns, malicious hackers...
You are in charge of designing the technical infrastructure of Facebook, such that it will be scalable to billions of users and resistant against all sort of hazards.
Can you guide your team and server farms to the next billion user? Or would it crash and burn like the many Myspace, Netscape, Google+ of the past?

Brainstorm

Time: 10 min
Quota: 21 ideas
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Best Idea: Team based strategy game with attacker & defender
Why team-based?
  • More realistic scenarios
Attackers role:
  • Post scenarios e.g. Going to scale to expand to another country
  • Vote if defender passed
Defenders role:
  • Team of 5
  • Come up with strategy to defend against scenarios
Another idea
  • Why not just write the idea of what the game would be like (Interface), and then get the community to vote on how the game would be like (Implementation)?

Build

Product Hunt Page Covers
I decide to learn from the best by copying the design of this page
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Reflection

Feedback
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Appendix

Time Taken: 2.5 hrs

To Do

Write concept
Brainstorm
Landing page
Design
Domain
ProductHunt
TikTok
Linkedin

Pitch

Day 3 of 30 Apps in 30 Days

The System Design Game

Imagine an empire building game but this time for designing the tech infrastructure Facebook from a startup all the way to a MNC!

Learn system design by playing a game.

Join WaitList: sysdesign.30apps.me/

Upvote on ProductHunt if you love the idea: https://www.producthunt.com/posts/the-system-design-game

TikTok: https://vt.tiktok.com/

Reflection
- Process > Outcome
    - Outcomes are stepping stones to refine the process
- What I think is ingenious ≠ What people want to use!
- (Platinum-rated Suggestion from Friend) DO NOT TELL FRENS TO UPVOTE OR SUBSCRIBE
    - THIS SKEWS THE RESULTS!
    - WHAT'S THE POINT IF YOU JUST PEER PRESSURE PPL TO UPVOTE!
    - WE ARE TESTING VIABILITY HERE!
- Failure desensitisation is real!
    - If I just launched one idea, I would have feel super bad that the hit rate is so low!
    - But now, I view everything as part of the PROCESS!

Process refinement changelog: 
https://30apps.me/process-refinement-changelog

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