Heavenly Kingdoms

October 1, 2007

Just posted my entry to Game Chef 3 (2005), Heavenly Kingdoms: The Game of Drunken Taiping Exegesis. Honestly, I still think it’s one of the most fun games I’ve ever written, though I’ve never actually played an entire game of it.

The simple mechanics involve two players taking turns putting forward random stanzas of this religious poem. Each player describes how his/her stanza continues the story already established in the previous stanza. It models a kind of shared storytelling that, I think, is different from most of the games you see, something more from the Baron Münchhausen or Once Upon a Time school of games.

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