Why create a hackathon for board gaming?
I have to admit, I have never done a hackathon. But I am intrigued by the concept of a team with a singular focus working on a project together from just an idea to reality in a very short amount of time. Usually when I work on a project I get bogged down on the details or making things perfect. But in such a short amount of time, as in a hackathon, you have to not worry about making thing perfect, but instead focus on getting things done.
I love the quote from Mark Rosewater, the famed Head Designer of Magic: The Gather, “restriction breeds creativity”. With an idea and a time limit I want to see what happens when you get creative designers, talented artists, and dedicated folks together.
So, why board gaming?
I went to my first board gaming event around October 2011 with Westside Geeks and Nerds and have been fascinated ever since. Since then I have joined many other board gaming groups, such as Westside Gamers, Los Angeles redditors, Westside Gamenight, and met many wonderful, and sometimes strange, people.
I love the personal relationship that you need to play board games from learning the rules from someone else, or teaching the rules of the game to someone new. I love the challenge of having to figure out how something new works rather quickly and process information in order to achieve a goal. I love the thrill of winning, but also having to be humble and accepting of defeat. I love sometimes trusting your gut, but also having a balance with cold, harsh logic. In short, board gaming teaches so many life lessons in such a compact system that can last anywhere from a few minutes to multiple hours on end. You pick and choose your adventure and there is such a great variety.
So, when is this going to happen?
Right now, I have no clue. But I hope to document my experience with creating this project. First, I hope to recruit folks who want to see this experiment happen. Then we will brainstorm a plan of attack and see what happens. Care to join me?