This presentation will explain the design of a gamified online first year composition course that is taught at the University of Cincinnati. The design is based on adaptive learning and four component instructional design. It includes a game like structure where students advance through varying levels of competency. It also uses achievements to represent course competencies that students must earn. After presenting the design, the instructor will discuss his successes and struggles in creating an online course that provides students flexibility and quick and frequent interaction with the instructor. Topics will include flexible due dates, use of achievements and badges, adaptive release rules in blackboard, alternative grading systems, and the use of technology for learning.