Last semester, some classmates and I designed a few outdoor games for our Big Games class, and 2 of my games will be part of the Come Out and Play Festival this weekend.
If you haven’t heard of the CO&P festival, it’s an annual 2-day event where folks young and young-at-heart come and play outdoor, real-world games together, turning NYC into a giant playground.
My two games are:
Friday Evening – Manhattleships, South Street Seaport
As part of the Come Out and Play After Dark
Battleships on the Manhattan grid. Be the first team to successfully hit each bomb-site on the grid using only basic voice commands. Captains direct their bombers to grid locations over the phone. Upon bombing the target, the next bomb-site is identified.
Saturday – Balloon Wars, Governor’s Island
As part of the Field Day
Balloon Wars is a history of combat told through balloon stomping. A variety of short games can expose players to the varied ways we have battled each other, from asymmetric warfare to the charge, we explore them all through a fun and engaging mechanic that everyone (with feet) can play.
There are tons of games happening both Friday and Saturday, including a family-friendly track meant for kids and adults to play together on Saturday.
I hope to see you guys there!