I am submitting Forest Fire! and Microbe Attack! to GDWC2020. Both are cooperative, family, board games.
Funded! Forest Fire! was fully funded through Kickstarter (thank you all!) and has been released for sale.
Forest Fire! was inspired by a little boy who loves fighting fires. The game is set in a densely wooded yet populated area where forest fires often occur. When fires start, players work together to put them out and save houses and schools from destruction.
Players use several different fire fighting approaches – bulldozers, water, helicopters and chemical extinguishers.
As the game progresses, environmental factors like wind and drought increase, affecting the frequency, intensity, and spreading speed of fires, simulating the effects of climate change.
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In Immune Force players experience the power and ingenuity of the body’s natural defenses and the variety of microbial dangers it faces.
This game is not available for purchase yet (mid-2020) but you can download the play-test images here and print your own game.
The game takes place in a human body, where players cooperate to mobilize the immune system, harnessing macrophages, neutrophils, Killer T-cells, vaccines, treatments, antibodies, and bacteriophages, fighting a continuous onslaught of over two dozen types of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and cancers.
Each of the different microbes and immune defenses act in accordance with current scientific and medical understanding.
Concepts may be complex, but game play is simple enough to be fun for all ages.
Zero Sum is in play testing. It is a complex macro-economics card game for multiple players. Each player runs a country and sets financial priorities, which are then played out on a global stage with or against the other players.
A valid macro-economics model underpins the game, driven by the card choices of the players. Players can choose to go for a competitive (financial) win or a humanistic ‘enlightenment’ win. It is possible to achieve both, depending on the other players and chance.
A game to explore habitat fitness, and how difficult it is for a creature to be ‘fit’ for more than one habitat. Players move their bug around to different habitats, select 4, and try to adapt to all of them by selecting appropriate adaptations. Players can also interfere with other players’ habitats. Very simple to play, with opportunities for complex strategy.
This game is finished for now, it works well, is very simple, but will not be released for sale until further development, perhaps later this year (2020). If you wish to play-test the game and send feedback, we welcome any suggestions. You can download all the images to print your own game here.