Monday, August 18, 2008

Revamping the Prototype / Busy Week

Revamping my prototype ... ready to test again tomorrow night.

Last week my prototype had a pyramid of tiles: 1 on top of 4, 9,16, 25, and 36, for a total of 91 tiles. On your turn, you take any uncovered corner tile. Certain game rules apply as different levels of the pyramid disappear. The game is over when a specific tile in the bottom center of the pyramid is taken.

I borrowed this from another prototype I created, although you could call it in the same family as Mah Jong solitaire. It's nifty, and I may use it for the other prototype if I ever complete it, but it doesn't work for games where the tiles are face up and more than just a solid color. The pyramid is so busy looking that it produces paralysis when it's your turn to select a tile.

Instead, I'm trying the following: forty tiles in Bag 1, thirty tiles in Bag 2, twenty tiles in Bag 3, and ten tiles, including the "game over" tile, in Bag 4. Game over when the "game over" tile is drawn. Certain game rules apply depending on which bag is is use.

Less decision making this way, so I have to add decision making in other ways, such as giving all players a tile or two to start with, so they have a choice of what to play each round. I'm not sure everyone is going to be happy with Bag 4, however, as the game could end on the first draw, or worse, the draw right before your turn. We'll how it works out.

Last week's prototype also had a money system with too much money coming in and not enough to buy, and a poorly designed point system. I've tuned it up.

Busy Week

Sunday night I went to a Tu B'Av "party". Only, it wasn't a party, per se. It was (mostly) people older than me reading things that they've written on such jovial topics as God and the Holocaust. Another one read a prayer she was working on for rape survivors; it had been edited from the one she read last year and the year before.

Each reader took nearly an hour of conversational space, and most of it was in Hebrew, which I can follow if I concentrate, but not if I zone out. So I went off to the dining room and browsed through the hosts' son's excellent sci-fi and fantasy collection.

Monday, tonight, my daughter Tal finished her three week drama camp. They did a week of Shakespeare, a week of musicals, and a week of improv, drama, and comedy. Then they put on a 100 minute performance. Although they read from scripts sometimes, it was very entertaining, and astounding how much they did in three weeks.

Tal as Juliette

Tuesday is game night.

Wednesday is the first Jewish Blogger's conference.

Thursday I am going to learn contra dancing with Rachel, for some reason.

Friday before shabbat is a 2 hour kabbalat shabbat singing session in the moshava, before shabbat starts.

Shabbat and Sunday night is a bar mitzvah of the son of close friends (the brother of the girl whose bat mitzva party inspired my Metamorphasis post).

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