The group game that was prototyped in our tutorial worked with the concept of students struggling with balancing uni, work, life and relationships. Our prototyped game borrows elements from the game ‘Game of Life‘ and has been created with UOW students in mind. We plan on making this a dark comedy type of game that will somewhat reflect the life of a university student with a lot of HECS debt (so basically everyone).
Our game starts off with the players picking a ‘Character Card‘ from the deck where there are quite a few characters to choose from. The character cards will hold those stereotypical uni students that you find at UOW or other universities, and they will have information on them based on the stereotypes. Each character will start off with their estimated amount of debt for their university course and a description of their persona.
- Arts Student
- Law Student
- Buisness Student
- Mature age student
- Exchange student
- Lives at home student (with parents)
- Lives on Campus Student
- Hipster Student
- Vegan Student
So each character will hold characteristics which are shaped by their stereotype, and this will shape the way that the game is played and develops over the course of the time played. For the players to move around the board, each person will need to pick up an ‘Action Card‘ card that will give them a rundown of their situation. This will affect the way that the character will move on the board – either forward ‘x’ spaces, back ‘x’ spaces, stay until ‘x’ amount of turns, add ‘x’ amount to your HECS debt or start again. By using action cards, we aim to remove the need for dice to be used in the game to move around the board.
- You received a High Destinction! – Move forward x spaces
- Your car has broken down at UNI and you miss class. – Move back x spaces
- You need to buy a textbook for your class. – Add x amount to you HECS debt
- A duck has stolen your lunch when you weren’t looking. – Move back x spaces
- You have found a car parking space! – Move forward x spaces
- You are lost in building 19. – Please start over again
- Grab a coffee before the lecture. – Speed forward x spaces
- Subway is out of bread again and you go hungry. – Skip your turn
- Your degree is no longer valid. – Pick up another ‘Character Card’ and start again
- Centerlink has stopped making payment to your account. – Go back x spaces
- You have just lost your job and can’t make rent. Move back in with your parents. – Please Move back x spaces.
- The ducks have chased you to the Duck Pond and you have fallen in. – Move back x spaces
The aim is for players to play as their character and be resilient when the typical university experiences happen to them. There is only one winner which is determined by who makes it to the end of the game with the least amount of HECS debt to their name. Battle of the HECS can be played by up to 2 – 8 players at one time. The game will be created to be focused towards university students, but particularly current students at the University of Wollongong.