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Kevin Froleiks
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Question for the group. Are there any examples of games that may use cards or other components, but the room you're in serves as the actual board? Meaning instead of moving a pawn on a board, you'd actually need to move around the actual room you're in?
 
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Huh. I assume you're not talking about a social game like charades or what have you, but something that you need to move yourself or objects around a non-defined space? I mean there are some dexterity games that kind of do this like PitchCar (where you may use things in the room to build/support the track) and Elk Fest (where you set up the pieces on an arbitrary surface), but I don't think that's quite what you have in mind.
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Yeah not exactly, the question I have is less like charades and more like an actual board game where the board is the actual room you are in. So if the game was like Clue, instead of moving a game piece into a 2D kitchen, you'd physically walk to the kitchen in your house and draw a card there that furthers the game.

I had an idea for a game that would use cards and the actual people in the room. Mostly this idea came from my preference of designing cards over boards, but in talking to some game enthusiasts it sounded like there aren't many (or any) games that use this idea.

 
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Heh, is it a worker placement game?

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Sit on the sofa and gain 1 Rest point (sofa can take up to 3 players).
Stand by the window and draw a Are There Any Foxes In My Garden? Card. Gain 1 Victory Point per fox.
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like Two Rooms and a Boom?
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Two rooms and a Boom has elements of this.
The game takes place with the players split into two groups, each occupying a different room/distant spot in the same room. The players in each room democratically elect a leader to represent them, and every few minutes that leader meets with the other leader to pass hostage players across to the other side.
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kfroleiks wrote:
Yeah not exactly, the question I have is less like charades and more like an actual board game where the board is the actual room you are in. So if the game was like Clue, instead of moving a game piece into a 2D kitchen, you'd physically walk to the kitchen in your house and draw a card there that furthers the game.

I had an idea for a game that would use cards and the actual people in the room. Mostly this idea came from my preference of designing cards over boards, but in talking to some game enthusiasts it sounded like there aren't many (or any) games that use this idea.



what if you want to play the game in a room that doesn't have a location that you need to use?
 
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amish_rabbi wrote:
kfroleiks wrote:
Yeah not exactly, the question I have is less like charades and more like an actual board game where the board is the actual room you are in. So if the game was like Clue, instead of moving a game piece into a 2D kitchen, you'd physically walk to the kitchen in your house and draw a card there that furthers the game.

I had an idea for a game that would use cards and the actual people in the room. Mostly this idea came from my preference of designing cards over boards, but in talking to some game enthusiasts it sounded like there aren't many (or any) games that use this idea.



what if you want to play the game in a room that doesn't have a location that you need to use?


And would it break the game if you were in a location without the rooms you are using? Like playing in a cabin or a convention hall where there might not be an explicit bedroom or basement.
 
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There's this thing. Though I guess it's more like a miniatures game.
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There's actually a 1:1 scale miniatures game that's built on the premise that you use the setting of your game as the setting of your battle: Fairy Meat.
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SaintlyThomas wrote:
There's actually a 1:1 scale miniatures game that's built on the premise that you use the setting of your game as the setting of your battle: Fairy Meat.


That is beautiful
 
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This House Is Haunted sounds exactly like it might match what your looking for
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Jewels in the Attic is a game where your entire house is the game board, and each room a different encounter can happen.
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Not Under My Roof ... Requires the whole house.
 
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I played Car Wars at a convention once where, before you played, you put together a snap-together model car (1/25 scale) and glued on spare toy gun pieces. We played in the convention hall where the game tables were the buildings and used tape measure for distances. If you got hit, piece would be broken off your model. If you crashed or blew up, your model would be stomped on by the judge. Fun times...
 
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The whole Fuzzy Heroesline of wargames is made of this.

My own trio of postcard games Small Adventures uses the room or the whole house as the board.

Small Adventures - 1-2-3 - Postcard Games

Dont remember the name. But there was a LARP style solo survival game where you were based in your room. And another where your room was a lifepod in space.
 
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Jutland came immediately to mind. There is no board, so you play it on the floor.
 
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Wasnt Little Wars played mostly on the floor?
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Omega2064 wrote:
Wasnt Little Wars played mostly on the floor?

Came here to post this. The classic wargame by noted pacifist H.G. Wells.
 
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I'll have to look it up, but there's a kids game where you are picking up and delivering passengers to different airports, which are scattered around the room.
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I'll have to look it up, but there's a kids game where you are picking up and delivering passengers to different airports, which are scattered around the room.


I came here to mention this: Richard Scarry's Busy Busy Airport. My daughter loves it.
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Omega2064 wrote:
Wasnt Little Wars played mostly on the floor?


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