Get to the Festival: Abstraction or Representation?

Abby Poposki

Get to the Festival is a game based on real life experiences at a music festival. The scenario cards are things that I have experienced at a music festival, which signifies real-life context. This makes my game purely representational because getting sunburnt and winning backstage passes are factors one can experience at a music festival. When a game is abstract however, it suggests that things that happen within the game, only happen within the context of the game and not the real world.

One may argue that my game has the abstract element of strategy, however my game uses a dice mechanic so one can never really control what side the die will land on, thus eliminating the notion there is a strategy to my game. Moreover, all the tiles on my game are evenly coloured which also eliminates the idea of strategy because whatever the player lands on is…

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