Monster Mash

Author: MacKenzie Bates(Programming), Tyler Porten(Animation, Music), Ziyun Peng (Sound Programming)

Description: Monster Mash is about you entering the monster world and trying to blend in with them by mimicking their singing.  Once you satisfied the monster, it would come over to your side and make the music one layer richer for you.

The game was firstly done with Processing + Max/MSP, communicating via OSC. And then we made a single Processing version.


  • Stare at the cute animations and listen to the monster
  • Sing along with the monster and try to match the beat and pitch as perfectly as you can
  • Enjoy the music!

App : Download (single Processing ver.)

Source: Download (single Processing ver.)

Sebrand Warren Final Proposal


Dance Telephone Game

Start by saving and replaying skeleton data, then research how to evaluate the performance. Make a nice storyboard showing how you picture the interaction, how to communicate the goal to the player and visual layout.

Nov 11: get skeleton data over time to record and play back.

Nov 13: have research on how to evaluate. Begin working out the technicalities.

Nov 18: Moc-up Visuals.

Nov 28: Completed Visual Layout and interaction.

Dec 2: Finalize evaluation and interaction.

Joel Simon Final proposal.

Face fighter is essentially a strategic funny face competition. Faces will map to combat moves between the players faces.  I am aiming for something simplistic in ui and well polished.


Nov. 4 – Finish making deadlines.
Nov. 10 – Get open frameworks and libraries working, understand limitations of system.
Nov. 17 – Make basic prototype that contains the most basic functionality, perhaps a few moves.
Nov. 24 – Aim to finish by now leaving 24-1 as time to polish.
Dec. 1 – Finish

Cave Game: Plan for the next few weeks

Current state:

  • Model for first few “rooms” complete
  • Models for stalactites, stalagmites, rocks, boulders, and crystals
  • Sound effects for dripping water, echoing, footsteps, etc.
  • First person controller with camera flash
  • 3D sketch of the rest of the game
  • Water and smoke effects

To do (with current priority):

  • Faster gameplay; currently lagging (high)
  • More rooms base modeled (high)
  • Fill rooms with base level cave models: stalactites, stalagmites, etc. (high)
  • Better textures for existing models (med)
  • Better crystal formations (high)
  • Growing crystals scripts (high)
  • Create water level (med)
  • Sounds for growing crystals (med)
  • More sounds for character (low)
  • Monster build (med)
  • Monster scripts (med)
  • Remake start screen (low)
  • Make pause screen (low)

Next few weeks plan:

  • Nov 8: Find and implement optimization methods
  • Nov 15: Model more rooms, fill with crystals/rocks/stalactites/stalagmites/water
  • Nov 21: Have prototype of water level completed
  • December 1: Have first rooms completed: Drop Zone, underground lake, stalactite maze (intro to hazardous crystals), crawling area, water dropoff

Embodiment – Touch – MacKenzie Bates

The game is split up into waves. A wave of input circles of different colors enter the track and head towards the center of the screen in a swirl. If the circles reach the center, the wave restarts. Color exit circles appear at the corners of the screen. The user must drag all at one time the correct colored circles to the exits to make the circles disappear.

Multitouch: Guardian Angel

You are a sweet old lady’s guardian angel. The old lady doesn’t walk so fast or see too well, so when she wanders into an industrial park you, as her protector, must stop the cranes, wrecking balls, and other assorted death traps in her path by flicking them out of the way with your fingers.

Body – Z

A multiplayer game where you make food with other players. Players use their body to mimic the food ingredient, interact with the other players so as to make a dish!

Sushi Recipe: Player1 as sashimi, Player2 as the sushi rice. The sashimi will have to behave like a real sashimi and cover on top of the sushi rice..

Gyro Recipe: Player1 as pita, Player2 as lamb meat, Player 3 as sauce…


Sound – ASMR game

I have wanted to make an ASMR game for a while, I am assuming no one else is familiar with it.

From wikipedia…

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a neologism for a perceptual phenomenon characterized as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, olfactory, and/or cognitive stimuli. The nature and classification of the ASMR phenomenon is controversial. Tom Stafford, a professor at the University of Sheffield, says, “It might well be a real thing, but it’s inherently difficult to research.”[

“Other phrases to describe the sensation refer to it as a “brain orgasm”, “brain massage”, “head tingle”, “brain tingles”, “head orgasm”, “spine tingle”, and “braingasm”

Everyone who experiences ASMR has different triggers, for many it is whispering. Think Bob Ross.

Anyway, the game would consist of a psychiatric patient who you have to whisper to to relax them. The tone and pitch of your voice would be analyzed, although I’m not entirely sure how this would work.

Body – Street Fighter!! (or street portal)

A kinect  will wait for two people to walk towards one another on the street, then it will make each one control a different fighter. Suddenly these people will be forced to interact and their body movements control the two fighters.


I also think something collaborative could be fun. Like street portal!

Random two people will be given a puzzle to solve together. One person can place portals by pointing to a location, the other is able to push the block around. And yeah, bonding with random people over portal.  c:

Andre: Kinect Game – Roadkill

Roadkill is a Kinect-controlled game that mimics Frogger. The player must successfully cross the street by moving forward and side-to-side to avoid cars and make their way to the goal. Players can flail their hands to try and get cars to slow down. Some cars such as taxi cabs will not slow down. Levels will scale by  the number of lanes and the speed of traffic (i.e. 2 lane road vs. 8 lane highway)


Embodiment – Face – MacKenzie Bates


An vertical scrolling puzzle game where the user must make different faces to force there blob to change to different states.

Smile = Blob rises

Frown = Blob falls

Angry = Breaks through platforms

Tongue-Out = Blob separates into tiny blobs

Straight-Face = Blob comes back together & Hovers

Face – faceFighter!!!

Have you ever wanted to fight someone with your face?

No? well, me neither. But soon we can!

Players confront one another on their computers and use contorted facial expressions to battle. A glare will fire lazzers (pew pew)  while a shocked expression forms a shield. People dont make enough silly faces,  now they have reason to.




Face – Z

Face Yoga

A game that turns your everyday beauty process into a fun and cute journey game. It’s like you looking into a mirror of yourself but seeing an computer vision augmented you. When you breath in the air, you’re collecting curious seeds. Hold the breath, keep the seeds, blow up your mouth to help the seeds sprout (the “flower” will cover your *-like mouth during the exercise ). Every time you change your mouth shape you’re helping the creature move towards the destination. Funny graphic effects can be added, or it could also be directed into a music game.

OSCVoice: Hush Now

There are creatures loose in the city. As the city bard, you must serenade them to sleep with a proper lullaby. If the military succeeds in killing the creatures before you can prove that it is peaceful by lulling it into submission with your angelic voice, you lose.

Body: Red Light, Green Light

Your character runs forward. If you lean your body left or right, you will strafe to that side. You are watching for the enemy boss at the end of a hallway–if they have their back turned, you can run toward them. If they turn around, you need to hide behind shelter by running to a blind spot and putting your hands on your head. If the boss catches you, you’re dead, so don’t get caught.

Voice – Z

Voice is the natural instrument, not only when you’re singing, but also speech – languages have have their rise and fall and rhythm too. The player will be using their own voice to create a city and a city orchestra.

Graphic: Wave shape -> city landscape; frequency as the building color.

Sound: Voice -> city sounds

The player will be guided to record different kind of sounds correspond to each city objects, still with a lot of creative space. The sounds will be carefully manipulated to create a city soundscape.Then a 24hrs city shifting will be played – from still to dynamic, silence to sounds. The sounds recorded from the player will be re-organized to give the player a musical experience of their own voice.

50 Game Ideas – MacKenzie Bates

My 50 game ideas! Let me know which ones are you favorite! 🙂

  1. It is pre-Hurricane Katrina. The storm is approaching. You must use politicians to create a human wall to help seal the levy and save New Orleans from reality.
  2. A mobile app where you blow into a breathalyzer and you can only send texts if you are drunk. The game part of it is trivia based where you have to correctly remember when and to who you sent the text.
  3. A permadeath MMO RPG which is a game of musical chairs. Players must find chairs hidden in-game and sit in them.
  4. A game about self restraint and obesity. The input device is a slice of pizza.
  5. A puzzle game where color is over-used to the point that a player has an extreme advantage if they are color-blind.
  6. A game about dreams and nightmares. It only allows the user to play between 3-6AM.
  7. A mobile resource gathering game. Where the amount of resources you gather determines how long you get to use your phone the next day.
  8. Phone Olympics. Compete against your friends in high jump (throwing your phone the highest), sprinting (sliding your phone the fastest) & gymnastics (making your phone flip and spin the most)
  9. An online multiplayer gambling game where you bet your passwords to social networks, email services & banking accounts.
  10. At the start of the game you must give your cell phone number. The game is about being a horrible. The worse you are the more your phone number is posted online.
  11. A game set in a war zone after the battle. You must clean up and repair the destroyed city. As you are doing so you see ghosts and see what the dead soldiers and civilians lives use to be.
  12. An artsy adventure game which is largely based on light and shadows. The game is connected to a complex light system that adjusts depending on what is happening in game.
  13. A game about “the walk of shame”. After you complete the walk, a tweet from your account is sent that says how ashamed you are of what you did last night. Thus making it seem real to others.
  14. A GTA V mod where every time the player kills someone in game a small donation is made to community charities in the LA area.
  15. It is a music game where the top players’ music is streamed live online.
  16. It is a word arrangement game. You get more points for making sentences that sound uneducated and purposely offensive. After the time runs out the sentences you are made are rapped to you by the computer.
  17. A game about peeing. Control the speed, aim and either you put up the seat as you attempt to pee as quickly as possible. Misaim or hit the seat and you will lose points for angering your girlfriend.
  18. A heartbeat sensor is attached to you. You must keep your heartbeat high enough, but you must also move your character around a dangerous cliff side which requires precision.
  19. You are a college student who is working to pay for school. Manage your schedule and bank account to avoid being kicked out of school for late payments.
  20. A game where your character is super far from a bathroom and must run to it in time. If you fail, your crotch is squirted with water.
  21. A COD mod where every time you die in-game a small donation is made to an American Veterans charity.
  22. A bar simulator game where you must make your bar as “hip” as possible to stay open. Do things like remove your sign or serve only gin in mason jars.
  23. As a wannabe fratstar you must prove your worthiness in this rush/hazing simulator
  24. It is London in WWII. You must run around the city as a courier while avoiding air raids. If you are killed your phone is text bombed.
  25. A game about ponzi schemes & deception. The game harvests bit coins on users’ computers as they play the game. I keep the bit coins.
  26. You are city’s traffic control system. Correctly time street lights to cause the biggest car crashes possible.
  27. You are a US military drone. You must drop bombs to kill terrorists. For each person killed in-game, you are texted a name of an innocent person killed by a drone attack.
  28. A Facebook game where you are an assassin. You are given objectives to eliminate friends. After you complete the task in-game you are unfriended in Facebook.
  29. A mobile game that monitors what other games you play and questions why you are playing them and if you like them more. It will complain that you don’t spend enough time playing it.
  30. You are given an objective and to accomplish it you must hurt and wrong innocent people in game. Once you have completed the objective, everyone you wronged finds, tortures and sets you on fire. The end screen reads “You Lose.”
  31. You are a sprinter. You move your character by making a Barbie doll look like it is running. Think QWOP.
  32. A game where you are an insomniac sheep herder because one of your sheep refuses to be counted. Go around punching sheep.
  33. NPCs in-game insult the user the longer they play the game in a single day. The user can pay a small amount each day for the NPCs to be nicer to them.
  34. A mobile pedometer game where your in-game character levels up and earns more rewards when you walk less.
  35. Call of Duty mod where every time the player is shot in-game they are shot by an air-soft gun in real life.
  36. A fighter game where to attack an enemy you must punch a cute stuffed animal.
  37. A simple one button runner game where if you fall the chair you are sitting in falls backwards as do you.
  38. As the big bad wolf, you run around building down buildings by blowing them down. Input device is user blowing.
  39. A horse racing game where you make your horse run by clapping coconut halves together.
  40. You are a starving photographer. You earn more money for taking more artsy and abstract photos.
  41. A game about making decisions. For each decision made a pill is dispensed. The pills range from sugar to pain killers to cyanide. You have to take the pill.
  42. The user opens the game. The top reads “Loading” and there is the spinning beach ball. This is actually the game. It is a maze/puzzle game.
  43. You are a buildings control system. The building is under-attack. You have limited backup resources. Reactivate select systems & lights to help security.
  44. It is after a major war battle that your side lost. You can selectively bring your dead soldiers back alive to fight and retake the territory.
  45. You are a club bouncer. You must manage the line of people trying to enter the club to keep correct male/female and hot/ugly ratios in the club. At the end of the game you try to get into the club but the manager says you are too ugly.
  46. As a college’s sole admission board member you must decided to accept or reject students based over their applications.
  47. You are dance beat. You must flow through people in a club and make them move as you want.
  48. Invaders are trying to attack your country. You are the plant bamboo. You must grow strategically to attack as a wall to protect your home land.
  49. As a computers firewall you must protect the computer from viruses and from hacking attempts from Anonymous.
  50. You are a banana. You must avoid hungry monkeys. The input device is a banana.

The Guide – MacKenzie Bates & Heather Cowie

Tilt, shake and coax the accelerometer into guiding a soul towards the light of salvation as the soul tries to deviate course as do humans’.

Prevent the soul from crossing the bold white lines that define morality and entering in to the red lines of sin.

Download Processing & Arduino Code: HERE

Download MMA-7361 Accelerometer Library (Required to run Arduino code): HERE

Alternative Idea:

Same gameplay mechanics, but instead the art is switched so that you are an altar boy/girl attempting to carry an oversized and hard to manage pitcher of wine down the aisle to the altar without spilling the wine by running into the pews.

One Button Game: Boreas and Zephyrus

Boreas and Zephyrus is a one button game about two dueling wind gods.  Boreas, god of the frozen northern wind, attempts to steer a drifting boat to his icy isle.  His brother Zephyrus, god of the warm western wind, attempts to steer the boat towards a tropical paradise.  Each player assumes the role of a wind god and attempts to create eddies and currents to accomplish their goals and thwart their opponent.  Pressing their button launches their god across the screen, realistically affecting the fluid simulation in the center area.

Mac Prototype Demo
Windows 32bit

bankRun – one button game.

The motivation behind this idea was to create a game that was not centered around trying to get as much input out of one button as possible (i.e press, hold, quick tap etc.) but making the button press be something monumental that players do once per game. To achieve this I wanted the button press to be something players would have to deliberate and plan, based on the group dynamics of who they were playing with.

The broad gameplay is to try to wait out as long as possible to sell (hit the button) without waiting too long until everyone sells before you. Since if a group of players sell it will crash the stock.

Text updates notify everyone the stock price…

The stock price moves randomly around a value based on how many players are left, there also exists some upper bound which is exponential to the number of players. So it only needs to be worried about when there are a few players left.

So why would someone want to hold their stock? For any stock price that exists, there exists a point in the future where the stock price is higher (for a reasonably high number of players). It gets increasingly unlikely, but is guaranteed to happen probabisticly. However, this is if no one else sells, since once a majority of players sell the value of the stock and its upper bound will decrease.  So from the point of view of a player they want to wait until a stock price that they are confident in, such that the risk of waiting for a higher one is outweighed by the risk that everyone will sell before then. Essentially everyone needs to try to predict when they think others will sell and sell it right before the rush. Since once some amount of momentum is gained it will force the other players to get to the bank as fast as possible.

So why wouldn’t I sell right away? Well this partial depends with the people you are playing with. Consider this situation, player A sells right away for the starting price. One player out of many will not effect the stock a noticeable amount, the likelihood it will go above this starting price soon is almost guaranteed. So player A has guaranteed themselves an average return, which may be desirable for some.

A harmonic oscillator with random variance damped by the price max may be a better way to stimulate the stock as opposed to the current drunk walk it does. I will have to experiment with it.

code here –


AndreLe – Spark

Spark is a king-of-the-hill type of game in which players must either remain the last one standing, or be the first to deplete their bar. The game is played with the Makey Makey, where all players stand on a conductive pad which represents a key. Players interact with the game by touching another conductive object on a table. This closes the loop and counts as a button press.

Players can deplete their bar by being the only player pressing the button. If another player is also pressing a button, a circle grows from the middle and will eliminate players as it grows beyond them. Touching another person’s skin while they are touching the button will also count as 2 button presses.

Download source and compiled versions here

One Button Game – Zhen Geng & Ziyun Peng

We’re making a runner music game where the player hits objects to trigger musical sounds. The cool part of the runner game is that it’s very time based as music is essentially the art of time. The platform is moving according to the tempo of the composed music, objects are placed at musical beats.

It has 3 states:



Power Jump (you can only hit musical objects in this mode)

Download [here].

Flatland Perils

You play as a square in flatland. You have to navigate perilous regions in 2D space to get to the glowing end goal. If you hit special powerups, the camera pans down and you are thrown into a 3D view with new world rules. Shine Li and Marlena Abraham.

One Button Ball Battle (Mark Strelow)

This is my prototype for a one button game (but it’s actually 2-player, so uses two buttons). The two important buttons are the ‘a’ key and the space bar.


Moving makes your ball bigger, staying still makes you smaller. If you are bigger than your opponent when you run into them, they will shrink and you will grow a bit. Additionally, being bigger gives you greater velocity, so you can hit harder, but have to be a little more careful.

If you become too small or fall off the platform, you lose. Try to stay moving and hit your opponent at the right times!


The application and source code is available here:

One button idea: Flatland Terrors


You’re a simple character living in the simple x-y plane of Flatland. You can move anywhere on the x-y plane but have no inkling of any other dimensions. One day, some 3D fucker lifts you out of your plane and drops you onto a different one. You must traverse back through the sheaf of 2D planes to return to your home plane. Better hurry, though. There’s something terribly… wrong… with these ones.


Your character keeps going forward until the button is pressed. As long as you are holding down that button, you will stop moving forward and spin in place. Upon releasing the button, you keep going forward in the direction that you are facing.

You emit a light and can see everything immediately around you–everything else is dark. The camera is centered above you looking down and follows you on your journey.

There are portals? gateways? friendly 3D’ers? that can help you travel to the next dimension down. They also emit a light.

There are terrors in the darkness–they do not take kindly to strangers in their midst and will destroy you if you let them get too close.

No Tech Game: Kraus Campo Checkers

by Mark Strelow, Luo Yi Tan, and Collin Burger

What you need to play:

  • up to 5 teams with 2 people on each
  • a beanbag (or other small, throwable item) for each team

(It is more convenient with more beanbags, but only 1 beanbag is necessary to play.)

Basic idea:

Each team designates one member to stand on the board (player A), while the other member traverses the orange tiles of the garden’s pathways (player B). Teams take turns, with player A from each team throwing their beanbag onto the board. Whatever number it lands on is the number of spaces player B must move. If a player B from one Team X lands on a space occupied by Team Y’s player B, Team Y is knocked out.

How it works:

  1. Each team designates a member to be player A, and the other is player B.
  2. Teams throw their beanbags onto the board, and the team that gets the highest number gets to go first.
  3. Player B from each team disperses to separate corners of the garden’s orange pathways, and chooses a starting space and a direction to start moving in.
    • The ‘spaces’ that player B moves on are dictated by the small grooves in the orange pathways.
    • For the start of the game, none of these players should be within 10 spaces of another, which should not be a problem if they are well spread out.
  4. Player A from the first team throws his or her beanbag onto the board.
    • The players from the other teams can attempt to block the throw, as long as they do not leave their spaces.
    • Player A moves to stand on the board tile that his or her beanbag lands on.
  5. Player B moves forward according to the number player A’s beanbag landed on.
    • Any 9 or 6 should be regarded as a 6.
    • A zero causes player B to turn around.
  6. If player B lands on a different team’s player B, the player that was landed on is knocked out.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 for the next team, and so on. Continue until there is one player remaining.


This game is meant to make full use of the garden, and create a communication between the player on the board and the player on the pathways. From the board, it is difficult to see exactly where people on the pathways are, or how far away from each other they are. Thus, player A might need player B’s help determining what number to aim for. At the same time, the nature of what player A is doing makes it a game of skill to get the desired number. So the teams need to use skill, planning, and cooperation to try to win.




Win the game, but don’t get caught trying.


  • A stack of game cards (easily printed out)
  • Paper balls (easily crumpled)
  • The Number Garden
  • 10+ Players


  • Give each player a game card
  • Players are to keep their cards secret!
  • The game card will give the player’s role

Player Roles:

  • For Race: either Robot or Human
  • For Stealth: either Robot, Assassin or Officer

Example Game Cards:

Game Variations:


The Rules:

All players are given a game card and a paper ball (if enough players then two paper balls).

Players are to keep their cards secret!

All players start at one side of the tile platform.


Move number of tiles as instructed on their cards. Robots NEVER move backwards. If a robots card produces a negative or 0 number of tiles to move the robot is to stay still on this turn (move 0 tiles) and then as there next turn move forward 1 tile.

Once Robot has moved, they should wait the number of seconds specified on their cards before taking their next move.

While robots do carry paper balls, they are NOT allowed to throw them. It is best for robots to act as if they are thinking about throwing their paper ball though, so it is not obvious they are a robot.

If a robot is struck with a paper ball, they should walk backwards slowly to the start line.


Must move forward in straight line; (can stay still on tiles).

If a human suspects another player to be a human, they throw a paper ball at them.

If a human is struck with a paper ball, they should walk backwards slowly to the start line.

End Game:

The first player to the other side of the number tile platform wins.


Stealth (Cooperative):

The Rules:

All players are given a game card.

Players are to keep their cards secret!

All robots & assassins start random positions on number tile platform.


Move number of tiles as instructed on their cards. Robots NEVER move backwards. If a robots card produces a negative or 0 number of tiles to move the robot is to stay still on this turn (move 0 tiles) and then as there next turn move forward 1 tile. Robots should turn as their cards instruct. Robots should never move off of the number tile platform. If an edge is reached the robot should look at the tile they are currently on and turn in correct direction depending on the [current tile #]’s parity (odd or even).

Once Robot has moved, they should begin their next move (there is no waiting in this mode).

If a Robot comes within a three tile proximity to another player they should shake hands with the player. If the Robot is killed during the handshake, they should NOT react in any way and should continue moving as before. The Robot is now “Dead”.

If a Robot is asked by an Officer, “Are you alive?”. The Robot should say “Yes” if they have never be killed via a handshake during this game, and should say “No” if they have been killed via a handshake during this game. If the Robot says “No” they should walk backwards slowly to an edge of the number tile platform and then carefully exit.

If a Robot is struck with a paper ball, they should walk backwards slowly to an edge of the number tile platform and then carefully exit. The player should announce their role.


Assassins cans move as they wish. Their goal is to kill as many robots as possible before being killed or before the Officers use up all of their paper balls.

If an Assassin comes within a three tile proximity to another player they should shake hands with the player. If they wish to kill the player, the should tap the players wrist with a finger mid-handshake. If the Assassin is attacked by another Assassin during the handshake, they should NOT react in any way and should continue moving as before. Assassins can NOT be killed by other Assassins.

In this game mode, Assassins are acting as a giant team and are trying to kill as many robots as they can collectively.

If an Assassin is asked by an Officer, “Are you alive?”. The Assassin should say “Yes”.

If an Assassin is struck with a paper ball, they should walk backwards slowly to an edge of the number tile platform and then carefully exit. The player should announce their role.


Officers cans move as they wish. Their goal is to kill the Assassins as quick as possible, which will in turn protect the robots.

Officers start the game with (2-4) paper balls depending on the number of Officers & Assassins in game at the moment.

If an Officer suspects a player of being an Assassin, they can throw a paper ball at them.

End Game:

Officers win if at least 50% of the Robots are alive. (Percentage alive can be changed to balance game)

Otherwise the Assassins win.


Stealth (Competitive):

The Rules:

All players are given a game card.

Players are to keep their cards secret!

All robots & assassins start random positions on number tile platform.


Move number of tiles as instructed on their cards. Robots NEVER move backwards. If a robots card produces a negative or 0 number of tiles to move the robot is to stay still on this turn (move 0 tiles) and then as there next turn move forward 1 tile. Robots should turn as their cards instruct. Robots should never move off of the number tile platform. If an edge is reached the robot should look at the tile they are currently on and turn in correct direction depending on the [current tile #]’s parity (odd or even).

Once Robot has moved, they should begin their next move (there is no waiting in this mode).

If a Robot comes within a three tile proximity to another player they should shake hands with the player. If the Robot is killed during the handshake, they should NOT react in any way and should continue moving as before. The Robot is now “Dead”.

If a Robot is asked by an Officer, “Are you alive?”. The Robot should say “Yes” if they have never be killed via a handshake during this game, and should say “No” if they have been killed via a handshake during this game. If the Robot says “No” they should walk backwards slowly to an edge of the number tile platform and then carefully exit.

If a Robot is struck with a paper ball, they should walk backwards slowly to an edge of the number tile platform and then carefully exit. The player should announce their role.


Assassins cans move as they wish. Their goal is to kill as many robots as possible before being killed or before the Officers use up all of their paper balls.

If an Assassin comes within a three tile proximity to another player they should shake hands with the player. If they wish to kill the player, the should tap the players wrist with a finger mid-handshake. If the Assassin is attacked by another Assassin during the handshake, they should NOT react in any way and should continue moving as before. Assassins can NOT be killed by other Assassins.

In this game mode, Assassins are part of the team specified on their game card. Their team is trying to kill more robots collectively, than the other Assassin team.

If an Assassin is asked by an Officer, “Are you alive?”. The Assassin should say “Yes”.

If an Assassin is struck with a paper ball, they should walk backwards slowly to an edge of the number tile platform and then carefully exit. The player should announce their role.


Officers cans move as they wish. Their goal is to kill the Assassins as quick as possible, which will in turn protect the robots.

Officers start the game with (2-4) paper balls depending on the number of Officers & Assassins in game at the moment.

If an Officer suspects a player of being an Assassin, they can throw a paper ball at them.


End Game:

Officers win if at least 50% of the Robots are alive. (Percentage alive can be changed to balance game)

Otherwise the Assassin team with the most kills win.

No-Tech Game: Angry Mob


  • 1 Moderator
  • 6+ Players
  • Open Space to jump around


Angry Mob is a turn-based strategy combat game inspired by Ninja. Players begin as Civilians in a circle standing at arms length, then take turns attempting to to tag other players’ hands in order to build their Mob. Civilians that tag other Civilians become Mob Leaders. Civilians that have been tagged become Rioters and must follow the Mob Leader’s orders. The goal of the game is to be the sole Mob Leader and control everyone

Player Types

The Civilian

  • Vulnerable to all other players
  • Can attack Mob Leaders and other Civilians
  • Cannot attack Rioters




The Rioter

  • Crazed Citizens that have been persuaded to follow the orders of a Mob Leader
  • Is invulnerable to Citizens and Mob Leaders
  • Is vulnerable to enemy Rioters




The Mob Leader

  • Converts Civilians into Rioters by tagging them
  • Converts Mobs by tagging their Mob Leader
  • Controls Rioters by giving verbal commands on his/her turn
  • Is afraid of enemy Rioters and cannot attack them directly
  • If Mob Leader is tagged, he loses his Rioters to the attacker, becomes a Civilian and is allowed 2 moves to run away (no attacking).



  1. Players begin in a circle each standing at arm’s length away from each other
  2. A random person is chosen by the Moderator to begin, and turns go clockwise around the circle
  3. On their turn, each Civilian or Mob Leader is allowed to make one attack. This can involve the whole body.
  4. Convert Civilians into your Rioters by slapping their hands. You must hold your position at the end of your movement.
  5. Mob Leaders can also designate one person as a target for their Mob to attack on their turn. Civilians and Rioters tagged by Rioters are “jumped in” to the Mob Leader’s gang.
  6. If you are attacked by another player, you may dodge (even if you’re a Rioter) but you cant move your feet.
  7. As a Civilian (with no followers), if you’re tagged by another person, you become their Rioter. You can still dodge if attacked.
  8. As a Mob Leader (with followers), if you’re tagged by another person, you lose all of your Rioters to the Attacking Mob and become a Civilian again. At that moment, you are allowed two consecutive moves to flee, but you cannot attack.
  9. The game ends when all players are following one Mob Leader.


Play Testing

After playing Ninja last week, I was really inspired by the simplicity of the game mechanics, but was a little disappointed to see some players get knocked out of the game at the early stages. This idea played with the Power/Politics theme we were given last Wednesday and the game mechanics of Ninja. The overall goal was to add the element of totalitarianism to the game and to have players still be involved after being tagged.

We tested this game with 6 players on the grass on campus. Some early concepts had players mirror or shadow their leader’s movements from where they were standing, but with everyone in different positions it quickly became frustrating to execute the same movements in a timely manner. It was also frustrating to people that they didn’t have any choice points as a follower. After loosening up the constraints and simply having the leader designate a target, we allowed the followers to attack the target however they wished. This increased engagement and made the game much more fun for everyone.



Aurora Breakout

I based my design off of the screen-saver from DVD players, where a colored square bounces and everyone always wants it to get in the corner of the screen.  Aurora Breakout is about planning bounces in the late game (bonuses are given for hitting multiple blocks in a row), while clicking lets you teleport the ball at the cost of points.  I modified a perlin noise smoke algorithm to create the glowing particle effects.

Windows 32bit Download

Windows 64bit Download 


Linux 32 and 64 available on request.



The Premise:

This is a creativity battle game. You must defend your territory against the other players by drawing the items from the cards in your hand on the board. Last territory standing wins!


  • Pack of object and modifier cards
  • A whiteboard
  • Whiteboard markers; preferably one color per player

The Rules:


Draw a series of circles in a circle, one for each player. Each player chooses a circle to defend as their “territory”. Each player should write their name or otherwise mark their territory using their marker.

When all players have chosen a territory, shuffle the deck and deal a hand of five cards to each player. The players may look at their own hands.

The object of the game is to take turns to try and erase other peoples’ drawings to ensure that you are the last person on the board with any drawings remaining.

Types of Cards

There are currently two types of cards: object cards and modifier cards.

Object cards are composed of four elements:

  • an object to draw
  • the object’s attack power
  • the object’s size ruler
  • the object’s range ruler
To play an object card, the player first uses the size ruler at the bottom of the card to measure how much space they can draw in on the whiteboard. They can then draw the item on the card within that space. The attack power is indicated in the upper right of the card and indicates how much power the object can attack with. The range ruler is in the upper left and can be used to measure how far the object can attack from its borders. Once the player has drawn their item, they should also add a line to the top of their drawing to indicate what the range of the object is and write the attack power next to that line.

Modifier Cards allow the player to enhance the abilities of their previously drawn objects. Most modifiers add attack power or range; when played, the player should update their drawing as indicated by the card and update the range or attack power of that object.

One Turn

This game is played in turns. On a player’s turn, they draw once, DRAW once, and attack once.

Draw once: Draw a card from the deck

DRAW once: Pick an object card from your hand and draw it on the board OR pick a modifier and add it to an object that you already drew on the board.

Attack once: Choose one enemy object to attack. You may attack it with of your objects that have a range greater than or equal to the distance to that enemy object. If the combined force of your attacking objects’ attack power is greater than the enemy’s attack power, then that object is erased.

The game continues with players taking turns until only one person has anything on the board. If you no longer have anything on the board, you’re out.

Playtester Feedback:

The playtesters had some good suggestions for improvements to the game:

Instant attacks/defenses  or other quickplay cards: The playtesters noted that it was disappointing to see their objects erased when there was nothing that they could do about it. They suggested having instant-play cards that they could play if they were attacked to increase defense.

Grid system: It was sometimes difficult to measure the distance between objects; one way to solve this might be to implement a grid system to determine distance. The downside to this is an extra constraint on creativity and added setup at the beginning of the game.

Smaller drawing range: The larger items have a huge advantage–they can span enormous areas much faster than a large ranged object can. The playtesters suggested having a smaller variance on the drawing ranges to combat this.

Specify how far apart territories are: If the territories are too close it can have a big impact on the game’s pacing; in this instance items were destroyed very quickly after being drawn. It would probably be advantageous to test several ranges to find a good balance.

Multiple modifiers: The players wanted to be able to use modifiers on the same turn as placing a objects–they found that they were often stuck drawing objects every turn to defend themselves and had no time to add any modifiers before their new drawings were erased.

What happens if hand is empty?: A question that follows the preceding suggestion is what to do if the player plays all the cards in their hand. How do they replenish it?

Trading system for points a la MTG so that the loser can have reprisal: If one player has an overly powerful object, it can become impossible to destroy. One suggestion is that the object has hit points that are diminished by the loser’s attack points if the object wins.

Object movement: The players expressed interest in being able to move their objects once drawn. Some investigation into this mechanic might be interesting.

Future Improvements

There are certainly a lot of balance issues in this first round of playtesting: the overpowered larger objects and the inability to defend out of turn especially need to be addressed. Overall, though, the playtesters showed interest in the game and agreed that it was a fun idea.

Next Generation Game

  • Two teams of around 5 (up to 9) players.
  • Each team stands on either side of the number platform.
  • Each team starts out with 100 health.
  • Choose Team Captain for each team.
  • Everyone stretches:
  1. Arms: Triceps stretch and deltoid stretch
  2. Legs: Quads stretch and hamstring stretch
  3. Abdominal stretch
  • Decide team that goes first (coin toss, rock paper scissors).
  • Let’s say Team A goes first:
  • The Workout cycle is 1) Push-ups, 2) Sit-ups, 3) Squats
  • Each member of Team A does as many Push-ups as he/she can, one at a time. The total number of pushups from the team is their Defense for the turn. (i.e., each member does 10 push-ups, 10×5 = 50 DEF)
  • Team A Captain throws *object* into the squared-off number zone. Whichever number the *object* falls on will be the number of players of Team B that can attack in Team B’s turn (if the number is higher than the total number of people in Team B, then all Team B members can attack).
  • Team B Captain chooses the team members that will participate in the attack (him/herself included–the captain always is part of the attack). One at a time, the members of Team B do as many push-ups as they can. The total number of push-ups will be Team B’s Attack. If Team B’s ATK is higher than Team A’s DEF, then Team A loses the difference (DEF – ATK) in their health.
  • Now it’s Team B’s turn to defend. The next exercise in the cycle is Sit-ups, so each member in Team B’s team does as many Sit-ups as they can, one at a time. The total number of Sit-ups is Team B’s Defense. Team B Captain throws *object* to determine how many of Team A will be able to attack.
  • The gameplay continues in this pattern, cycling between the three exercises, until one team is out of health.
  • *object* is TBA. It could be a shoe, coin, book, whatever.
The goal of this game is to 1) get a good workout and 2) to support your team. When your teammates are working hard, be sure to encourage them and cheer them on. Apathetic and non-supportive teams will eventually lose the game.
Ideally, each team should be in the same level of physical strength, so the teams will be split up accordingly. 
What constitutes as a “push-up”?
One push-up is having your chin touch the ground in the “down” position, and your arms fully extended in the “up” position. Make sure not to bang your chin on the ground when coming down.
What constitutes as a “sit-up”?
One sit-up is having your head barely touching the ground in the “down” position, and having your elbows touch your knees in the “up” position.
What constitutes as a “squat”?
One squat is bending your knees all the way in the “down” position, and straightening your legs in the “up” position.
It is recommended to bring something to hydrate yourself. Breaks are allowed between exercise cycles (at the end of an attack) to get hydrated. If players become too tired, a “benchwarmer” system can be implemented, using classmates who are not currently playing the game.
  • ~10 Players
  • Tape to make zones
  • *object* to throw
  • Pen and paper to keep track of health

Breakout: Icebreaker

I wanted to experiment with a 3D version of Breakout. The most interesting problem in a 3D version of a 2D game is how to handle the camera as well as the movement controls. I chose to try a version in which the player can control both the camera and the movement of the platform–the arrow keys move the platform on a 2D plane, the “A” and “D” keys move the camera in a circular path around the play area, and the “W” and “S” keys maneuver the camera up and down while focusing on the middle of the play space. If the ball gets stuck in one spot or you wish to reset, press the “c” key.

The platform has an arrow on the top to show the player which way the platform will move when the up arrow key is pressed. It became evident during testing that it is nearly impossible to remember which direction the platform moves in when the camera is rotated so this visual cue helps to serve as a reminder. The physics and controls are not smooth; more tweaking is necessary before the game is enjoyable to play. It might also be interesting to be able to move the platform up and down; it might be difficult to fit that into the existing controls, however.

To play the game, click on the download link below:

The source code is available here:

Breakout: Depth of Field (aka SUPERFARTS)

The rules are similar to Breakout, in which you must get rid of bricks (in blue), but it is more of a visual experience than a game.

Make sure to press COMMAND-SHIFT-R to make the game full screen.

Optional game: press any key to “reset” the trails left behind. If there aren’t any blue bricks left, you win. The faster you achieve this, the better, but you only get one try.

Code package: (fixed–it has both the source code and the mac app)

Tyler Porten

Joel City of Play report.

The city of play festival was an interesting experiment in group organized games amongst strangers. I  only played about 4 games while I was there, yet two of them seemed to fall under a very similar category. One was roaming gnomes, a game where about two dozen uniquely painted gnomes are placed are the ground, evenly distributed across a large area. Every player is handed a card which has a direction, in gnomish of course, and some translations for another direction. Players must seek the person who has the translation for his/her direction, find the translation then do it. For instance, move the candy cane colored gnome to the green tile. Another similar one was a group game where every player had a card with a type and a few goals. Players must create groups that had no two of the same type and all had a common goal and then do this as many times as possible. The obvious result from trying these types of games with a group of players is mostly every standing in a clump yelling out at one another. Eventually, through sheer dedication you will eventually find someone you are looking for through brute force. I did not find this a very compelling type of game for group play. So why was this? firstly, I just outright did not find it very fun. In addition to the annoying yelling in my ears from every direction, it felt more like a task than an actual game. None of the ‘objectives’ really took much skill to do or were very rewarding to complete. I think it was more the experience of being in a crowd of people yelling silly things that made it an arguably fun experience for others.

Chaos Theory

The breakout mod I created starts with a single white ball bouncing around the screen. As it hits a brick, it spawns another ball and inherits the brick color. The brick then dies and becomes a mini ghost brick that follows the paddle around and haunts it. If the ball hits the paddle, it loses its color and turns white as it bounces back. The bricks eventually regenerate with a random color and after a few seconds, there are so many balls on screen that it turns into a piece of generative art.

Source Code and OSX App


City of Play Report – Luo Yi Tan

I attended the City of Play event on Saturday from 4 – 8pm, during the social games session. It was interesting to see all the different types of games being played, but the game that interested me the most was Witness Protection Program.

The game is sort of a Werewolf/Hide and Seek hybrid meant for 5-25 people, where each person have different goals depending on what character they are. Before the game starts,  we are dealt cards that determine our role. You cannot reveal your role to another person unless you have a specific ability that lets you do so. It is best played in huge space with lots of good hiding spots, like a park, because being able to hide well is a pretty major part of the game. There are three main groups in the game: Townspeople, murderers and law enforcers. The main character is the witness, which must be kept hidden in order for the townspeople and law enforcers to win. When game begins, the law enforcers will get together in a group and decide where to hide the witness, while the townspeople were led away to wait until the witness is hidden.


If you’re a townsperson: Find the witness and hide with him

If you’re the murderer: Murder the witness.

If you’re a law enforcer: Protect the witness

There are a few conditions for the game to end:

If 1/3rds of the townspeople manage to find and hide with the witness, or if the time limit(10 minutes or so depending on how many people are playing) runs out, then the townspeople and law enforcers win.

If the witness get killed by a murderer, the murderer wins.

There were about 30 people playing in my game, and we played it in a park somewhere in town. I wasn’t in a very exciting role even though I was part of the law enforcers, I was a dependent, which meant that my so called special ability was if I ever ended up alone I die. I wasn’t really sure what “alone” specifically meant, did it mean I should keep like least 5 feet from somebody else? I just ended up sticking to anybody that walked past me, which probably looked a little silly to them.

So as the law enforcers, we split our group into half, one half would hide the witness, and the other half would pretend to be hiding the witness somewhere else.

Some interesting things that happened during the game were:

One character, called the Kamikaze, had the ability to kill somebody else and himself by hugging them. He used this to kill the Traitor, and the Doctor(who had the ability to heal people) revived both of them. The Traitor had the ability to kill people who revealed their identity to him, and so used this to kill the doctor. The witness himself hid pretty well, one person one townperson managed to find and hide with him, he still got found by a murderer in the end.

It was pretty funny watching everyone trying to roleplay, staring at each other suspiciously and trying to look innocent, although we fumbled through it a bit because the rules weren’t made very clear in the beginning. It could be a pretty fun game for older kids if the rules were refined more.

City of Play

I was in a workshop organizing for Power Shift all day on Saturday so I was unable to enjoy the large majority of activities held at city of play. However, I was able to make it to the free after party where I got to drink my fill of beer and play this fun ninja game.


I can’t remember what it was called, but it had an interesting and simple mix between computer and body.


On the screen there is a randomly generated board set to parameters based on height and width as well as number of teams.

The teams are composed of ninja and sensei. The ninja is blindfolded while the sensei gives orders based off of the computer generated map.

The computer generated map is meant to mirror a grid of carpet samples laid out on the floor. The samples are spaced with a 6″ margin approximately. The ninja must peek out of the bottom of it’s blind fold in an attempt to avoid stepping on the carpet samples.

The PA system screams “MOVE” every few seconds at which point all the ninjas can take one step of whatever distance they want.

The goal of this game is for the sensei to give effective vocal orders to it’s corresponding ninja to guid the ninja to coordinates of their team color as represented on the computer generated map. Each appropriate color coordinate reached gains the team one point. However, the more common path to victory is to be the last man standing. Each ninja has a foam sword with which it can slash the legs of the other ninjas with the help of it’s sinsei’s guiding voice. It is either by having ones legs slashed or stepping on a carpet sample that one may be removed from the game.

The game was somewhat enjoyable but could be too fast paced. Perhaps a larger scale board would have made things more interesting.

City of Play Report

I attended the discussion and several social games like ninja training, zombie ward, which are really fun.
The discussion is a group activity in which people has been divided into different teams and talk about ideas to make Pittsburgh a better place and more fun. We had a conclusion that waiting for the buses can be less boring through playing games, so we head to this direction and developed the idea further more. I came up with the idea that it should be group activity like the digital game Curiosity.  It should be cooperative and bring people more chances to communicate. Then we keep digging on this idea, and came up with the bus waiting game as showed in the following picture.

The rules would be:

1. People waiting for the bus make the heat bar go higher by touching the heat-sensitive bus signpost. The more people get involved, the bar should go higher to trigger an event.

2. The heat bar has three phases, after reaches the second one, there gives “bee bee bee” sound and the camera will take a 360 degree picture. So people touches the signpost will all be included into the picture.

3. There will be a bigger digital screen aside on the wall records pictures has been taken. After reaching certain amount, the previous ones may be ripped to give space for new ones. People can check if their photos still there at the bus stop or not. If not, they would more likely to take pictures again.

4. After the bar line reaches the third phase, the slot machine works, and will rain coupons or bucks ($1) randomly, and the companies which the coupons belongs to, should be the main sponsors for the construction of the bus waiting game system.

Social games:

Ninja training should be my favorite, since I played before in the global game jam when it had 7 controllers ran in a wider space. But this time, due to some technical issues and the space limitation, they just provided 4 controllers and ran in a pretty small area. These limitations did affect the user experience in certain degree.  Other than this, it is still an interesting game which attracted lots of people participated.

People getting crazy in Ninja training…

Zombie ward is a tag game with special items. We played in a group of more than 20 people. It is not that special, since we have played lots of tag games when we were young, but it was really fun to play with a bunch of grown-up strangers. Also with the items, and the randomness of the places and the orders we have to command, the fun increases.

Trying to find a place to play zombie ward.

Other games i played:

This game is about figuring out the unknown words on your cards by using the hints shows on other people’s cards. Then follow the command showed on cards. This game really need people to communicate, which brings lots of fun.

This game is about getting bricks of your own color without getting caught by the light. It is a cooperative game, and two people should work together to make the time as short as possible. I like this game, but i wish this could be played on table instead of the ground. That way might be more comfortable to play, so we can more concentrate on the game.

Things I got:

1) Two friends, each of whom has a broken leg and comes from totally different background

2) Great ideas about making the city a better place, and i am happy that i can participate in such activities to contribute something

3) Communication with strangers is not that hard, and playing games like a child is pretty enjoyable

4) A free T-shirt which is pretty ugly…

City of Play

Playscaping Challenge (a.k.a. Play Your City)

“Use elements of play to design, implement, and document a project that makes the city a  better place”

This was an interesting experience! It proceed as following:

  1. Meet people in room by “blind” drawing portraits of them
  2. Putting on race bib numbers (“to look officially part of something”)
  3. Splitting up into teams
  4. Given theme, “Change Direction”
  5. Each team give special prompt item (mine was a rubber-duck)
  6. Mind-Hurricaning (a.k.a. Brainstorming) for 15 mins
  7. Consolidating down to 1 idea in 10 mins
  8. Implementing the idea in the city in less than 1.5 hrs
  9. Watching people in downtown Pittsburgh stare at your project with a “What the f*ck is this?” face and then walk away
  10. Documenting of project

The best part of this would probably be the Brainstorming phase where we came up with a lot of great ideas that would truly make the city a better place.

Then in the next phase we through out all of the best ideas because they weren’t feasible with our time & money constraints and came up with an okay idea (Giant color-by-numbers posters at bus stops that were pieces of a larger photo that could only be put together by visiting multiple bus stops, thus encouraging people to go other stops than their normal).

Next we went about implementing our idea. I was in charge of creating the color-by-number poster, which involved drawing long straight lines (wooooo art degree being put to use!). While I was creating the poster, the rest of the team was debating about what picture should the color-by-numbers be of. During this debate the decided that “we weren’t letting people be creative enough” so it turned into a color-by-number picture where certain squares had random pictures drawn or made-up stories written.

The simple-ish idea we had come up with became a confusing uncentered mess and mostly ended in sadness that made me question if people in downtown Pittsburgh actually want their day brightened or if they would prefer to stand there dispirited & undisturbed.

That said I think the Playscaping Challenge was an overall good idea, but could have used a judge panel to make sure ideas were kept simple and centered.

Roaming Gnomes

Welcome to the intersection of Gmane Street and Gninth Avenue, the most trafficked area of Gnometopolis… during the lunchtime rush… on the busiest Gnome holiday of the year, Gnu Years Eve. Your team’s job is to get the Gnomes and their things to exactly where they need to be as quickly as possible – unfortunately, everything is written in Gnomish. Can your team make all the right moves before time runs out?”

The game worked in the following way:

  1. 30 gnomes are placed at 30 different locations and some are holding one of 8 cups
  2. Each player is given 1-2 cards. A card has two things on it: a player objective – what the player must do, which involved moving a gnome or cup to a location (written in Gnomish a.k.a. gibberish) & a translation of 2-3 Gnomish words (most of which weren’t in your objective)
  3. Either with or without a time limit the players must rush around to translate their objective to english so that they can complete it
  4. The game master would check the end result against their insane spreadsheet to determine if the players moved everything to where it needed to go

This was a great game! A much needed pick-me-up after the Playscaping Challenge! It required communication between a large group of people, but it avoided most of the shouting problems of Bottleneck due to the fact that everything was in Gnomish which is so difficult to speak that few could shout it. Roaming Gnomes would be a delightful party game! The gnomes were beautifully made and added to the cheery & goofy ambience the game created as you said gibberish to each other.


City of Play Report – Social Games!

I attended the City of Play on Saturday,  from 4pm – 5pm which happened to be the social games session. It was quite funny for people were so quiet and “non-socializing” before the game started, but then it got really heated up once the staff set off the games.

Weenis Wars

If it dangles, grab it! Weenis Wars is a fast-paced game where opponents have 15 seconds to grab as many “Dangles” off their opponents’ weenises as they can.

I like this game for its simplicity yet lots of fun. By trying to grab your opponents’  “Dangles” while keeping your foot unmoved, you’re automatically doing funny choreography, and somewhat have to interact with your opponents physically, serving the job for social purpose. Everyone, the participants and people like me watching, was laughing so hard during and after the game. You just can’t stop watching!


A chaotic game about traffic jams, car wrecks, and dinner parties. The game of Bottleneck is fast-paced and high-stakes, as players rush around, yell out silly phrases, and link arms…but some of them might wreck if they don’t pay attention!

The game’s rules are simple:

  • form a group of four
  • find common things you can do
  • card colors should be different
  • the vehicles should not crash
  • collect 4 winner cards to win!

You’re given an occupation card where lists three things you should do to accomplish one round and get a winner card. Here comes the social part, you cannot win by playing alone, for each thing you’ll need to find 3 other players to claim the winner card with you.

I joined the first round and was so lucky to be the winner for the first round! I was a patient who got cured by the doctor, an artist who threw a dinner party, open an Etsy shop, went to gallery opening.  The fun part of playing this game is that you’re learning by playing and in order to do win, you have to shout out your needs, as opposed to being a quiet person sitting in the corner – no one would find you if you don’t speak out. All those involve social activities.

Breakout: Trapped in My Mind

You are surrounded by blocks. You can only destroy blocks of the same color as your ball, change the ball color by hitting it with a different side of the paddle. Protect your “health blocks” that are in the center of the screen. Lose them all and you fall back a level.


L” – Go forward a level
“K” – Go back a level
[UP] – Create a ball
[DOWN] – Delete a ball
“F” – Toggle fire mode

Play Game

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City of Play Festival 2013: Zombie Ward

Over this last weekend, I attended the City of Play Festival in downtown Pittsburgh. The festival included games of all types, ranging from physical games played on the streets to social games played with PS3 Move controllers.

My favorite of the games that I played was Zombie Ward.

Zombie Ward is a turn-based tag game played outside in an open area like a park. Scattered about are bags containing various power-ups.


  • Zombie Gun – An elastic band that is a one-time-use zombie killer. A zombie hit by one of these is permanently dead.
  • Antidote – A ball which makes the owner immune to zombie attacks. As a an immune carrier, it is your responsibility to find the “secret lab” to mass produce a cure.

As a human, the goal of the game is to avoid zombies, find the “antidote” and bring it to the “secret lab.” As a zombie, your goal is expand your zombie army by tagging humans.

This game turned out so much more fun than I had initially thought it would be. We played with a group of about 35 people. The games started everyone in a circle with the moderator randomly choosing one person to be the first zombie.

From there the moderator calls out humans and zombies to take turns taking 1-2 steps (at the moderator’s discretion). This is where things get interesting. A degree of strategy is required to navigate the landscape without getting tagged (as a human) or letting any humans get away (as a zombie).

Things get really interesting towards the end of the game when the secret lab is found and everyone is making a mad dash for the lab with a horde of 30 zombies on their tail.

Being a game played in real life, it was much more thrilling to experience than a zombie video game. Best of all, because there isn’t any blood and gore, people of all ages can play. I would definitely play this game again.

City of Play: Kill Him and You Will Be Famous

I ended up playing quite a few games at City of Play but the one that stuck with me was a field game called Kill Him and You Will Be Famous.

Kill Him and You Will Be Famous

The Rules

The rules are fairly simple: at the start of the game, an Honorable Master is chosen. The Honorable Master, in the style of many kung-fu movies, is surrounded by the other players and must defend him or herself against their attacks. The object of the game is to kill the Honorable Master.


  • a large open space
  • several dozen small, throwable foam balls
  • two larger foam balls
  • a backpack or container with open top
  • note cards numbered from 1 to n where n is the number of players

First things first: Everyone picks a note card. The number on their note card denotes the order in which they get to attack the Honorable Master. Next, everyone picks up two of the small foam balls, or Energy Orbs. The rest of the balls are strewn around the playing area.

Next, an Honorable Master must be chosen. At this point the person explaining the game will traditionally ask the assembled players if they know the origin of the name of the game (it’s a line from Naussica and the Valley of the Wind). The first person to guess gets to be the Honorable Master; if no person can guess, the Honorable Master is chosen by the game master.

The Honorable Master is then equipped with two larger, hand-sized foam balls and an open container strapped to his back. The other players form a circle and the Honorable Master stands in the center. The Honorable Master states his name to which the other players yell “Prepare to die, Master <name>!”, signaling the beginning of the game.

The game master will now begin calling out the numbers assigned to the players starting at the beginning. When a ninja’s number is called, she will step into the ring and have 15 seconds to defeat the Honorable Master. The game master will count down from 15 and announce when her time is up. If she can get one of her foam balls into the container on the Honorable Master’s back without it bouncing out, she has killed the Honorable Master and thus becomes  the new Honorable Master. As long as she has a ball in each hand, she is invulnerable and cannot be killed by the Honorable Master. If she throws one or both of her balls, however, she can be tagged by the Honorable Master. The Honorable Master may only tag with his foam balls; he cannot throw them.

If the ninja is tagged by the Honorable Master and she does not have a ball in each hand, she is dead. Additionally, if the ninja does not have a ball in her hand, she cannot use that hand to defend herself against the Honorable Master; the only thing she can do with that hand is pick up another ball from the ground. The ninja is also dead if she flees outside the circle before her 15 seconds are up; her fellow ninjas will kill her for cowardice. At the end of her 15 seconds, if the ninja has failed to kill the Honorable Master she must drop both of her Energy Orbs and flee to the safety of the circle of ninjas within 3 seconds or she is dead.

The game continues until all ninjas are dead or the Honorable Master has been killed. The game restarts with either of these events.

My Experience

I had a ton of fun with this game; it was fairly simple but a lot of fun. It succeeded in keeping people engaged even when they weren’t actively participating as the current Honorable Master or ninja; watching the bouts was fun. The matches were both long enough to give the ninja a fighting chance and short enough to keep the game going and keep everyone engaged.

I got to be the Honorable Master three times–once when I guessed the origin of the name, once from skill, and once from trickery. Another ninja from across the circle pretended to be getting ready to jump in on my turn and I was able to sneak up behind the Honorable Master without him seeing and drop my Energy Orb in his backpack. I found it to be a lot of fun and also quickly exhausting; each time I had to fight against a fresh ninja I got more out of breath.

Since this game has such a solid base, it presents a great opportunity to expand upon it and add new game modes. For example, a friend who was playing with me noted that the game is more difficult for shorter people. A fun potential augmentation to the game might be that if any ninja is nose-height or shorter than the Honorable Master, she may choose a Ninja Companion. When either ninja’s number is called, they both get to attack the Honorable Master at once. The addition of different kinds of orbs, tag-team Honorable Masters, or differently terrained play environments could all make the game more interesting in later rounds.

Anyway, this game was great. I highly recommend it and would play it again.