Principles behind an open data board game
Feb 2nd 2015
At our first internal board game workshop, we crowd sourced principles to guide the board game design process - what people like and what they want to avoid. These were the results:
What we want:
- It should challenge how we think about sharing data and open data.
- It should be collaborative.
- It should be fun, but with a lot at stake immediately.
- It should explain what open data is.
- It should be aimed at ages 9+. Simple enough for new players, but not so simple. Family friendly - perhaps with an 'easy' version and harder extension.
- It should be lush. It should be engaging
- It should be tactile. There should be physical things to pass around.
- There should be an element of chance/luck/randomness.
- It should be a reflection of the open data community - fun, open, random.
- It should be extendable. We should be able to add extra cards, pieces, levels of complexity.
- There should be stacking pieces.
- It should take into account things like colour blindness. But it should be colourful!
- It should involve building a data commons - constructing a data board.
It would be nice to have:
- Collaborative but with the ability to win individually!
- Support for a two player version
- Being finished in 45 minutes (once you know how to play)
What we want to avoid
- Being shallow.
- QR codes. Obviously.
- An easily lost important game piece.
- Long complex instructions.
- Being too complex to remember/play.
- Being laborious.
- Being "UK/English centric" - culturally and linguistically.
- Being breakable.
- Being boring.
- Having a long period where it's obvious who's won, or lost, or whole game won/lost.
- Game set up that's longer than 5 minutes.
- Being too focused on data and not on impact.
- Being too 'geeky' - needs to appeal to the masses.
- Players being kicked out of gameplay.
- Having a long time where a player isn't doing anything/ doesn't need to pay attention.
We'll try to avoid
- Dice games (maybe)
- Having too many bits and pieces in the box
If people could only take away one message about open data, it would be:
- It's about impact - social, environmental, economic.
- Open data helps us as a society to address the big challenges.
- Open data is more valuable the more of it there is.
- Open data is a thing. The thing is good.
- Public benefits all. Private benefits only some.
- This stuff is not difficult.
- Data is not just for geeks.