- scavenger hunt
- hide & seek
- capture the flag
- Secret Agent - based on the scavenger hunt. It involves secret meeting points, and avoiding detection (no running or disturbing people who aren't playing). Collect codes, and set levels so they know how they're doing when they "level up."
- Then/Now - this one interests me the most at the moment. In their example, they had old pictures of places around NYC from the library's archives, and the players have to go around and take pictures of how it looks now. I want to do this around campus.
- Rent control - the real real estate game. I don't understand this.
- Babel code - using the foreign language materials in the library to break codes
- Dewey's Demons - finding codes online or in the stacks to create and take care of creatures. I don't understand the details of this either.
To do one of these big games, look around your everyday world. Give normal activities goals, look for simple ways to track moves. Once you have a plan, run a test play (or he called it playtest) several times until it works, because it never works the first time.This presentation is definitely worth listening to, and I hope we can do the Then/Now thing with freshmen this fall.