Let's play

Let's play a game together. But first, a little back ground for those unfamiliar...

CRC (or the Crossroads Challenge) was supposed to be an exploration for me. I wanted to explore what was possible for me as a designer. I wanted to explore spaces of play that I had never touched. I wanted to explore a way of distributing my work to others. I wanted to do a lot with it.

A lonely astronaut. Never go into space alone...

A lonely astronaut. Never go into space alone...

It worked for a little while. I made some really cool games early on. I think that Yggdrasil is still maybe some of my best work. Arboressence was  so simple but so strong, and it helped me to define a direction that I want to take with future work. Crate & Peril and Cybertaur both helped me to re-find my voice as a designer. It was a really interesting journey.

But somewhere along the way I got lost. I started to have trouble keeping a schedule. I couldn't come up with challenges that were, well, challenging. All of the drive and energy that I had just evaporated. The work that I was putting out was no good. Sometimes the game itself just plain didn't work. The worst part was that I just didn't care anymore. I didn't see a way out. I didn't see a way forward.  I was lost and alone and I couldn't do anything about it.

So I asked for help. I asked for help by partnering with other people. And it has worked splendidly.

Creativity needs constant and varied fuel to burn brightest. I wasn't able to feed that from my own internal reserves anymore. I needed a new resource. Other people, and the ideas and energy that they bring with them, turned out to be the best resource I could find. Very soon you will start to see the fruits of some of those projects and you are going to love it.

But this is not about any of that. This is about something new. I figure, if working with just a few people was so good, what would happen if I worked with more? A lot more. Like as many people as I can. 

Which brings me to the point of all this nonsense. I want to play a game with you. All of you. The rules of the game don't exist yet. But they will. Let's make them together. I'm not even sure what that means yet. But the idea of making a game together is pretty exciting. I don't know what will happen. Yikes.

So lets get down to it. What I need from you today is super simple. It is a game called "I think I like you". First person in the comments needs to post what their favorite color is. They also need to post the favorite thing that the next person has to reveal. It can be any kind of favorite thing. Games, movies, books, activities, experiences, foods, animal, toilet paper brand, thing to carry in your front left pocket, smell, fact about zippers, thing to put peanut butter on, whatever. Next person does the same. I'll get the ball rolling. Let's play.