Last Starfleet hasn’t changed. My passion for it hasn’t changed. But, as I’m immersed in the Kickstarter campaign I’ve found that I can articulate that passion much more clearly. I wrote this up for NPR this morning…
Board Games Are Totally Last Century! Board games have been around for a long time – in their most basic form for thousands of years. In a fast paced mobile technological world, why haven’t they been eclipsed entirely? They’re different. You can collect them on your shelf. But, most importantly to me, you get to look across the table right into the soul windows of your friends and family; and really bond. I look through pictures of my life and can feel this truth. It is the people there – not EVER where “there” is that you take with you. That’ll never be replaced entirely.
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. Games, in any medium, immediately appeal to a large audience. Their final consumers are our most precious resource; ourselves and our next generation. Now, I love a little GTA, but content like that gets a lot of heat; and for good reason! I shot a cop and slapped a hooker so I could steal from another criminal in my last play. And it was fun! I liked it. I’m not any more inclined to actually do that, but there is a philosophy there. A value system that one MUST buy into in order to understand and play the game. The game is teaching me and reinforcing that “I come first” and that “bad things just happen,” among various other unsavory ideas we don’t really think about. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t play it – you should know what it is teaching you.
And to get to the point, as a game designer you should know what you’re teaching too. I’ve spoken with many game designers that never really considered it. Until recently, I hadn’t either. I wrote Last Starfleet with this in mind, but I couldn’t articulate why it all felt so “right” until recently. As a designer, you have not only a captive audience, but one that is prone to your strike. We people our world with the people we have created through teaching. Albeit small, a part of that is how we entertain. The greatest of people, in my mind are (1) Driven (2) Empathic (3) Enterprising and (4) Altruistic. Why not do your part to make more of the greatest people?
On Tuesdays We Play Board Games. We develop and reinforce community habits based around our schedules. The most prevalent of which that I have noticed is scheduled programming. I’m guilty of it myself thanks to Game of Thrones! Nowadays, you can pre-record your “stories” so the show doesn’t “schedule you” so badly as when you had to rearrange your schedule to make that specific time. We are still making a choice on behalf of our family/friends and the strength of that community. I won’t prattle on. You know my mind on this choice by now. Just make a thoughtful choice; when it’s Dominion vs. House of Cards.
GTG – Shows on! 😛