This year the theme is Borders and the ingredients are Yarn, Echo, Smoke, and Cut. All games need to involve the theme and at least two ingredients in a way that’s core to the theme or mechanics. The deadline is July 9th – you should make something for it!
When the challenge was announced I spent a few minutes brainstorming ideas for each ingredient and generated a bunch of potential games. There a bunch that I like so I’m going to take a Stage Gate approach to narrowing them down. A stage gate apporach means working on multiple ideas in parallel and then having checkpoints where I eliminate several of the ideas.
I’ve already narrowed my list to five pitches. I’ll create short rule sets for each and then eliminate a couple. I’ll then playtest the remaining two or three and choose a winner to submit to the contest.
My current ideas are:
- A larp played while hiking where you’re about to covertly cross a border
- A tabletop game about unification, where you make a map from strips of yarn and cut the yarn to join neighboring regions
- A tabletop game about traveling to accomplish a mission – players use yarn to create an Indiana Jones style adventure trail as they either hunt for artifacts or build a resistance to an authoritarian regime (not sure which theme)
- A larp where one player is the surveillance state, sitting in the middle of a room with yarn connecting them to all parts of the room (they’re in the middle of a web); the other player(s) are the resistance and try to move about the room without hitting strings
- A game where players are different aspects of a person’s personality. They pass around / unspool a ball of yarn as they share memories where multiple aspects of the personality are present.
As always, I’ll post updates here. Until then, you can email me at [email protected]
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