What Lies Inside a Black Hole

Greetings again dear reader, it has been a while. Allow me to welcome you back as I take the role of Legitadmin and provide you with your dose of LEGiTAMiNE. Join us as we examine more closely What Lies Inside a Black Hole.

In the board game LIESERL, players act as the crew of a spaceship which has crossed the event horizon of a black hole. Finding themselves beyond the Point of No Return, the crew faces an environment of profound “otherness” and struggles to survive a series of events.

Crew - Early Concepts

Signals transmitted by versions of themselves from alternate timelines, encounters with new life forms and distortions in spacetime are only a fragment of what awaits them past the horizon.

The decisions they make will ultimately determine their fate.

The Goal of the game is to navigate the spaceship LIESERL into the Singularity of the black hole, a region where the spacetime curvature becomes infinite. A boundary which modern physics has yet to cross and where one of the greatest mysteries of nature resides.

We created the first version of LIESERL in 48 hours during the 2015 Global Game Jam and we are now glad to announce that we will be taking LIESERL to the 7th Greek Board Game Contest that will begin in 48 days!

What do we do now?

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Hello dear reader and thank you for taking the time to read our blog, where I take the role of Legitadmin and provide you with a dose of LEGiTAMiNE. This time I would like to describe our experience of Global Game Jam 2015.

The GGJ2015 is a milestone for LEGiTAMiNE. Nil and I teamed up as a duo for the first time, with the goal of creating a game in the 48 hour time limit of the jam. Having no programmer on our team, our options circulated around creating a board game, a card game or an experimental role playing game. Before the announcement of this year’s theme, all the teams gathered up and we were presented with three keynotes, one of which was given by legendary board game designer Reiner Knizia, something we found deeply inspiring. Then the theme’s announcement followed. It was a question: “What Do We Do Now?”

A few hours of brainstorming followed, during which, at some point, all the teams presented their initial thoughts to each other in a co-operative spirit. We explored various ideas (one of which included a roleplaying board game about survivors on a deserted island) always taking into account the question “what do we (people, teams co-operation) do now?” (today, contemporary global issues). Then, one of this year’s diversifiers caught my attention.

Relatively Speaking: A game based on the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which explained that massive objects cause a distortion in space-time, such as light bending around black holes .

That (and our fascination with Christopher Nolan’s then recently released “Interstellar”) gave us a clear indication of what we wanted to do. We wanted to create a Co-op Decision-making Board Game that followed the crew of an interstellar ship exploring one of the great mysteries of modern science: What lies inside a Black Hole? Just like that, LIESERL was born.

The inspiration behind that name comes from Einstein’s lost daughter Lieserl, whose fate remains unknown to this day. The mystery of her story made Lieserl an appropriate name for a ship venturing into one of Einstein’s other children, a Black Hole.

So what exactly lies within a Black Hole? The short answer is, no one really knows. There is however plenty of speculation and, where there is room for scientific speculation, the realm of sci-fi may flourish. This is where LEGiTAMiNE would like to come in. With our Board Game LIESERL, we plan to take you inside a Black Hole and let you discover its secrets.

Join us again next time where we will present the first version of LIESERL and let you dig further into our thoughts.