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Triadic Game Design
Balancing Reality, Meaning and Play

The second assignment deals with the world of Reality. For this reason, I ask the groups to think like subject-matter experts or consultants inquiring a client. In this assignment, the goal is to develop a model of reality. Every game - how abstract they may be - is related to reality and this model indicates in what ways.

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To develop this model, teams draw blindly a domain. Domains can relate to any topic, from globalization to the financial crisis. To further help teams in thinking about what they need to address, they receive a specific worksheet with a number of questions that they can consider. At the end of the assignment, each team gives a short pitch in which they explain their model of reality.