21 November, 2010
The game site Rock, Paper, Shotgun now has a weekend feature on board games called Cardboard Children. I really enjoy as I’m a fan of modern board games.
In a challenge reminiscent of my old Weekend Design Challenges, this week the author asked readers to remix Clue (aka Cluedo outside of the U.S.) I figured some people here might miss them and might be interested in the opportunity to stretch some design muscles.
Read on for some brief thoughts.
My first thought was to remake the game as a “story game” (a fancy modern name for narrative-focused roleplaying games). Come up with some rules for each character (perhaps allow some customization of the characters by each player), then have the players collaboratively play out a murder mystery. Perhaps have some of the same elements as the base game, but add a bit more role-playing flavor. Perhaps give some additional abilities to customize each character. Let players tell a story about why the wrench was in the billiard room in the first place.
A second idea would be to have the players be archaeologists from the future. They go into a recently unearthed house to find rare artifacts from a time gone by. Players get cards at the start of the game for two artifacts they must find which are scattered about the rooms, two rooms they must visit, and two other characters they have to meet up with. First person to accomplish all their goals wins.
Those are some quick ideas that don’t require too much additional work to set up. What about you? What clever ideas do you have for remixing the game?