Project Dossier

Contents: Introduction First Iteration: Guess Who Second Iteration: Boggle Third Iteration: Mastermind Fourth Iteration: Scrabble Conclusion/Reflection Bibliography Additional References 1. Introduction At the conclusion of each of Dr Chris Moore’s lectures this semester we are left with one enduring piece of advice: “Play More Games”. And this semester, for my final digital artefact in myContinue reading “Project Dossier”

Words with Siblings

For the final game in this nostalgia-inducing and memory provoking digital artefact, my sister and I this week played a modernised version of our childhood favourite, Scrabble, in the form of Words With Friends.  Scrabble was originally known as Criss-Cross, and “was based on the crossword puzzle and anagrams” (Encyclopaedia Britannica). Originally designed by theContinue reading “Words with Siblings”

What Mastermind Can Teach Us About… Life?

One of my very first introductions to logic/deduction games ended up being one of my favourite games as a child. Mastermind became a frequent brain workout for my sister and I, as we each took turns carefully formulating a code that would ideally leave the other player defeated. The board set up is extremely simple,Continue reading “What Mastermind Can Teach Us About… Life?”

Individual Project BETA Update

I’ve passed the halfway point for my BCM300 digital artefact, and so far, I’m on track with regards to my original timeline. In only two iterations of my blog posts, I have already learned so much about the mechanics of games, the interaction between theme and narrative, and the materiality of games. Playing in aContinue reading “Individual Project BETA Update”

Wa$te Wizardz: Another Waste-related DA!

I’ve reached my fifth year of BCM now, and those who’ve been following along have probably noticed a common trend when observing the theme of my DA’s: If it’s not something to do with laser cutting, it’s something to do with food waste. And so for this group project (sadly, my last for BCM), IContinue reading “Wa$te Wizardz: Another Waste-related DA!”

The ‘Boggling’ Value of Materiality in Board Games

There are few sounds that come so close to the raucous rattle of the die inside the plastic lidded tray of a Boggle game. This week, my sister, Mum and I relived an absolute classic from our childhood, which served us hours upon hours of entertainment when we were younger. The classic word game, madeContinue reading “The ‘Boggling’ Value of Materiality in Board Games”

Guess What?

This week I sat down, virtually, with my sister who is currently living about 350kms away from me, stuck in social isolation with my parents. Our game of choice this week was Guess Who, and when I started my research on this childhood classic little did I know the fascinating content that would emerge. You’veContinue reading “Guess What?”

What’s in a Game? Project Pitch

In my mind, board games have traditionally been framed with a rigid dichotomy between the tangible and the digital. Call me ‘old school’, but when I think of board games from my childhood, I picture long warm afternoons spent curled up on the back veranda, engrossed in  fantastical tabletop adventures and often remorseless card battlesContinue reading “What’s in a Game? Project Pitch”

A Roll of the Dice for Tabletop Gaming

I came to class last week with mixed expectations for this semester. Games are something that I consider myself to have very little experience with, which was probably apparent to my group when I announced that my favourite one was Bananagrams.  So when Avalon was placed in front of me, I was very unsure ofContinue reading “A Roll of the Dice for Tabletop Gaming”

The Unlikely Tale of Labillardière

I thought it was all over. The leaves were on the wall, the textbooks open on display, the spotlight positioned carefully. I came back to the gallery the day after installation to find that, to my horror, some of the greener leaves had completely shrivelled up after a day in the heat on the wall.Continue reading “The Unlikely Tale of Labillardière”