Block by Block - Board Game

  • CONCEPT  
     
    Many people believe Detroit is a "blank canvas" and that their start-up will save the city. Although it may seem vacant, there is a pre-existing community with specific needs in each neighborhood. We created this board game to illustrate the importance of including the pillars of community when planning your business.  
  • GAMEPLAY  
     
    The game board is broken up into six, two by three neighborhoods.
    Each player takes turns choosing a piece from the stack, and placing it in a zone. Like Sodoku, there cannot be the same color within each row, column, or neighborhood. 
  • GALLERY 17  Eric is a building manager at multiple spaces in Detroit. John is the art director at local art gallery, Gallery 17. Ben, co-creator of this game, played as a moderator. At first we played with free-for-all rules, however the game was more of a race to the finish, and the players failed to see meaning.
     
  • RUSSELL TRADE CENTER  Michelle manages the Russell Trade Center in Detroit. Jazz is one of the security officers. Ben, co-creator of this game, played as a moderator. This time we had players choose one piece per turn, and place it as they wish. The participants took turns, really thought about the side-effects of business placement, learned a lot about community and had a very successful game.
  • BRONX BAR  August is a local screen-printer. Rocky is a videographer. Ben, co-creator of this game, played as a moderator. Once again we had players choose one piece per turn, and place it as they wish. The participants took turns, but was less thoughtful about the side-effects of business placement. They focused more on completing the game, and finished successfully in under ten minutes.
  • CONCLUSION 
     
    With the right state of mind, this game becomes a powerful tool to understanding the fundamentals of a successful community. Through trial and error we were able to find a perfect medium to which users could have fun, think logically, and take away an impactful message.
  • The participants