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.