This past week we played TIME stories. At first this game was confusing, but got more fun over time. I like how we each had a character that we were playing. I like when we play games that are roleplay/board game. I also liked how the game was sort of a mystery. I liked how it was like a video game in a board game. Your decisions led to other things and there were multiple different directions you could go in. The hardest part of this game was starting it off. I feel like that is generally the hardest part about a lot of the games we play. It gets easier as you play but the start up is rough.
Our play session was good. It is definitely hard to manage your time. We ended up losing in our first session. I thought the game was interesting and a mystery. Not everyone in my group was into it a lot of them time, but it was fun to work as a team. I think my team played a little outside of the rules As I said before, I like the fact that we got to play through characters and how the setting and rules of the game made it seem like a video game almost. I disliked how hard it was to manage your time. When I look back on it I can not even think of how to win. It seems that we would always be beaten by time. Overall, our session was good.
I could see leadership in our play session specifically. One person in our group stepped up tp the plate and narrated the game. I think the first sign of leadership you can see in games is when someone steps up to lead the group through the rules. I see this in the game and all games. I also saw leadership in all of us. I see how we step up and come together to make the best decisions. I think my friends sister would enjoy this game. he likes long and complex games like this. I think she would have fun and be able to bring her character to life in the game.
This past week we played Mental Blocks. I had never heard of mental blocks and the packaging did not give much more insight. Nobody else in my group had heard of this game either. We each got a card with a shape we were supposed to make and a restriction card. We as a team had to build one shape to win. At first the game seemed fun. I enjoyed the first one. This game was pretty hard. I liked that we had to figure it out all together and I liked how their were restrictions to what we could do which makes the game even harder. Our group did not solve any of them. I thought the game was a very short game. It was easy to get sick of the game quickly. It seemed like every round lasted 10 minutes. It quickly lost traction with our group. after the first two times no one really wanted to play anymore.
I am not exactly sure what the hardest part of the game was. Maybe the hardest part was trying to look at everyone’s perspectives or maybe it was that there was not much motivation to play in the first place. We played the first two rounds seriously and after that we started to break the rules. A couple of rounds we even brought all our cards together to just put the shaped together and we still could not figure out the shape. I can see the leadership in this game in everyone. There is usually one person who steps forward and leads a group but each individual with a card also spoke up and tried to get everyone to follow them. A lot of leadership has to do with teamwork. The team together worked nicely for a common goal. Although we did not win we still enjoyed it. We got to know our classmates better and got to laugh.
I think this would be a good game for younger children or maybe families. I feel like families could bust this game out and keep their kids entertained. Maybe teachers could use this game for a learning exercise. I think my family should play this game together to see the results. I think this would be a fun family game to play quickly. We have ranging ages in my family and this seems like a game that is appropriate for all people and does not require much prior experience.
In EDL290 we recently played Fiasco. For our setting we picked Suburbia. In this class period we only got through Act 1. During this game session we picked our characters and we rolled the dice to decide our relationships, needs, etc. During this first act we got to do some scenes to develop our story. I definitely enjoyed this game because I like the role play games that we play. I would say one thing I disliked about the game was that it is super dependent on the other people you are playing with. If other people are not as into it then the game may not be as fun.
I would say the hardest part of the game was getting started and the scenes. I had read the rulebook before class and I was still confused on how to get started. With the scenes it felt like nobody knew how to start the scene and put themselves out there. a lot of the scenes started a bit awkward because some people did not want to put themselves out there. I think my roommate would enjoy playing this game because she is not scared of putting herself out there. I think it would be fun to play with her because of this. She is open to new things so I think she would like this.
Overall, I would say the session went well. I enjoyed coming up with the characters and I was able to get into the game. I could see the leadership in this game through the people that try to explain the game and try to get others into the game. That in itself is a hard task. I also see leadership when the scenes take place. Some people get super creative and lead the scene. Even in the videos that we had to watch it was interesting to see how each person takes lead of the scene and possibly takes it in a whole different direction than it started. Regarding my personal values, I could see how fun the game was and that is what I really want when I play a game. I liked how it was not a competition and we were working together to make this really fun story which is important to me.