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Video of our Playing with Rules workshop at Mozilla Festival 2013

This Octo­ber Kars and I were in Lon­don (see notes for that week) to do a work­shop titled Play­ing with Rules at Mozil­la Fes­ti­val among many oth­er things. We mod­i­fied an exer­cise we had used pre­vi­ous­ly in a work­shop with Sebas­t­ian Deter­d­ing. The task is to take Parcheesi and mod­i­fy it to address a social issue of your own choos­ing. Any issue goes, real­ly, and any kind of mod­i­fi­ca­tions are fine as well. Parcheesi is a great game for this because it is both well known enough that you don’t have to explain it and because it is bad enough that most changes improve the game.

We had a great group of par­tic­i­pants that joined us for the work­shop with all lev­els of game mak­ing expe­ri­ence present. That bal­anced out nice­ly and the groups quick­ly made pro­to­types that they then playtest­ed with each other.

You can see the results of each group in the above video. It is inter­est­ing how cur­rent issues man­aged to work their way into the game designs and above all I think you can see the fun every­body had in mak­ing their games.

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