May 13th, 2007

The Globaly-Local Market Game (thanks, Rusty!)

I got these simulation-game instructions from someone calling himself Rusty, who describes his current location as "undisclosed woods where ya'll can't find me!"and who explains in his email: "I'm writing this at the public library. Once I upload it I'm out of here. I hope its of use to you suckers sticking around."

Thanks Rusty - this is very cool. If anyone practices by playing this game, send stories!

Wanna play Gas Tank Bandits? (thanks jake!)

Jake, who claims to be from a recently formed group called "People for the Survival of Amusement", writes: "Gas bandits have been plaguing our streets. We must stay positive and respond with playful optimism." Here are his instructions for playing gas bandits! We are definitely playing this at my next ped party.

You Can Play Pipeline! (thanks Lisa)

Lisa writes:

"Everyone is now feeling the oil crisis. Over the past few weeks I have witnessed a trickling down of anxiety to our kids. At Valley Vista Elementary where I teach, there are fewer and fewer children coming to school and many teachers, especially those who used to drive in from other suburbs, are not making it to work. Since I live in walking distance, I have continued to come in everyday. I am absorbing additional students into my class as I am loosing others who are no longer attending. None of us have the attention span to focus on regular lesson plans, so we are inventing ways to learn and play and cope with the state of our world. Yesterday we decided to invent games that kids could play in our current situation. We talked about oil and how it is usually delivered and changes that we are seeing due to the shortage. With this the students and I came up with a game called Pipeline. There are 2 versions of the game. One that deals with the frustration of the shortage by more aggressively playing with running around and breaking the pipelines of other teams. The second version is more meditative and cooperative in its approach by encouraging teams to work together to build pipelines that can encircle things around us. Play these games with your students and let us know how you like them."

Here are the two games LIsa submitted! I'd love to see photos or hear reports of you guys making your own pipelines...

Wanna Dig for Oil? (thanks Patrick!)

Patrick sent me another survivalist game today. He writes: "In a world without oil, citizens are forced to scavenge for everyday necessities. Neighbors compete to survive while trying to maintain some semblance of order in a society rapidly descending into chaos. In an effort to quell violent conflict, citizens created a game to determine ownership of foraged items and to resolve disputes."

I like this one -- not just a game about surviving, but a real tool you can use if you need to settle PEACEFULLY a dispute with a neighbor or stranger over resources. Very cool, Patrick.