Where are all the new board games? Board games are fun and bring people together. In cases like Monopoly or Life, board games can also reflect cultural norms or values. This workshop from MIT wants to explore that further and harness it for good.
Over two weeks, the instructors ran participants through a crash course in the history and mechanics of board game design, and then set them up with materials, fabrication tools, online resources, and the goal of delivering a playable game at the workshop’s final Friday showcase. Their message to the fledgling designers: Any idea has gameplay potential.
In particular, the workshop emphasizes the idea that games can be a gateway into social and cultural topics that otherwise may be challenging to engage with in daily life.
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