For this activity, I brainstormed using objects at my job, I searched for items and thought of games I could build with them. I first thought of paper football and foosball, with those two games in mind I started to have ideas then began to look for and select items. Using paper cups, popsicle sticks, a bottlecap, a quarter, two big bottles and a simple set of rules/scoring system I came up with a pretty cool game that is strategic, educational, challenging and also made time fly while at work.
Goals of the Game
To be the first player to score 5 points
1. The player must spin the quarter from behind a designated line and where ever quarter stops this is where they will shoot the bottle cap from
2. If the quarter lands heads player will get 3 shots, if the quarter lands tails player will get 2 shots
3. If the bottle cap hits a cup player loses 1 point, if bottle cap goes off table player loses 2 points and their turn
4. Player gets 2 point for a goal
5. Player cannot touch cup with hand or loses a turn
6. First player to 5 wins
Each player starts at Zero, +2 point for a goal, -1 point if bottle cap hits cup, -2 points if bottle cap goes off table, first player to 5 wins, flip of coin decide who starts
Bottle Cap Foosball Video Demo
This is a quick video of my buddy who scored in two shots pretty easy but as we played the game it was kind of challenging as we hit the cups a bunch of times or the cap went off the table. With the scoring system it was a back and forth battle for the winner to reach 5 and with the negative point system as well it introduced a sort of tricky math element in keeping track of score. With an option of 2 or 3 shots, the design and the scoring system there was a need for strategic comprehension and mathematic comprehension involved. It was cool game that both kids and adults can play.
In modifying the game we decided to tape pospsicle sticks to the bottom of the cups which made it more difficult to navigate the course
In modifying the rules we decided to make a rule that if the cap hits one of the sticks you would have to reshoot from the beginning and also lose a shot
These modifications made the game more challenging and forced us to play more controlled and strategic
Thoughts on the game experience
Overall the game was pretty fun in terms of design, strategy and consequense of how you hit the cap and where it landed. The game was creative and flowed well, it offered a lot of room for modifications or changes which forced us to keep thinking. Overall we enjoyed the whole process and really didnt find any negatives. By making changes it made the game more challenging and really was something to think about.