This project is a game -- a physical game that lives in a gallery. It's a really large game, not that size matters. Some are calling it the Giant Ball Game. It pulls from Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" in the sense of seeing what players will do when they're running out of time. It's designed by me, a New York City-based game designer named Charley Miller.
It's a two-on-two game that explores the nature of collaboration.
This game was commissioned by the NYU Game Center and will debut in their No Quarter Exhibition on May 12, 2011 in New York City. This campaign is to help cover the remaining production costs of building the wooden encasing for the ball.
Imagine a 7-foot wide, giant ball. This white ball sits on top of ball bearings so that it can spin in any direction, but it's encased in a giant black cube. Two teams of two compete with each player standing on one side of the cube where -- in a 30 inch port hole -- the white ball pokes out. Here, a player can manipulate the game surface (like a spherical board game) by sticking game pieces on the the ball.
The object of this turn-based game is to be the first team to connect a line of game pieces between opposite sides of the ball.
But of course it's not as simple as it sounds -- players must manage their time, literally. Each player maintains a 5 minute sand timer that serves as the game's currency. Once you run out of time, you're team is eliminated from the game.
This game requires collaboration in the midst of competition. But there's plenty of room for backstabbing and/or graceful acts of kindness.
Currently, a small team is in the middle of constructing the giant game and making it look presentable in a gallery.
Please visit the NYU Game Center in May to experience all four games commissioned as part of the No Quarter exhibit.
How Pledging Works
If you haven't pledged before, here are some tips. You can pledge any amount $5 or more, you don't have to stick with the pledge levels on the right. The levels are just the minimum for the various gifts. After you pledge, Kickstarter will send you over to Amazon. Neither Kickstarter nor myself will ever see your financial information. Your credit card will be charged only if the project is successful, and only at the end of the funding period. Once funded, we will follow up with you on the details of your rewards.
How Shipping Works for the Poster and Patches
US backers will get free shipping and handling. Shipping internationally is ridiculously expensive. Shipping a USPS Medium Flat Rate Box to Canada or Mexico costs $27.95. Shipping a Medium Flat Rate Box to other countries costs $45.50. If you want me to ship to Canada/Mexico, please add $20 on top of the pledge amount. For all other countries, please add $40. We are as unhappy about this as you are, and if there is enough demand in a given region/country, we will try to look into cheaper shipping options and refund, if possible.
Funders who donate $48 or more to this project will get a limited edition Periodic Table of Games poster -- also created by Charley Miller.
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