Taking everything I learnt from last semester and from all the current game sessions that we have partaken in so far in class, I have decided to create a card game that revolves around the topic of debating. My framework will work around three key topics of how to overcome a problem with discussion, how these rules can affect the augmented society and how hard someone will fight for what they believe is right.
I believe looking at all these aspects will help create a game in which people can sit down and see how passionate the other person is on certain topics, granted these topics may either be really simple or really complex but it will show one’s passion towards a subject.Whilst certain topics and genres can cause friction and hostility towards one another, this game is designed to look at the lighter side of life and allow others to discuss what needs to be said without having to worry about being ridiculed.
My game title is called Debtor, this game consists of 6-10 players playing at each time with each player being selected into either one of two teams. Team 1 will be the “For’s” whilst the other team will be the “Against” with one player being the judge, jury and executioner, each game consists of 5 rounds with the winning team needing 3 rounds to win the game.
The game starts with one player dealing out the cards to each player, when the cards have been dealt each player will check to see which team they are on.
Once teams have been sorted, the player who drew the “Judge” card will then take their place at the head of the table. Players from both sides will also receive a “yes” and a “no” card that they will use to either approve or disapprove of the law that would be put forward
Each topic will be drawn randomly from a selection of questions, these questions will range from a vast variety of different topics. E.g one bill card may say ” Ban Pineapple on Pizza” whilst another may be more serious as “Dogs are better than cats” . Each side will then take turns in stating their claim to whether the bill should be passed or not.
If the law is passed then the “yes” team wins that round and the first team to win 3 rounds are the winner of the game for that sitting. If a player is unhappy with what team has been chosen then they may ask the judge to swap sides or if a judge finds one member not following the rules then he may kick them out of the “sitting” for that round.
This game is designed to be played by all and for all to have a fun time whilst playing it. It is meant to bring people closer together by discussing topics that may have never been discussed before. It also provides a setting in which friends, strangers or even families can sit down and come together to play a game.
Links I used to research political board games and board games in general:
Thrower, M., 2015. Why Political Board Games Have The Power To Change Our View Of The World. [online] the Guardian. Available at: <https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/28/political-board-games-change-view-of-world>.
Iyer, A., 2019. Forget Ludo: Boardgames Are Tackling Power And Politics. [online] Hindustan Times. Available at: <https://www.hindustantimes.com/more-lifestyle/forget-ludo-boardgames-are-tackling-power-and-politics/story-MVP8cOstfEhJexIuHEA1ZI.html>.