Exploring Tucson:
The Game!
New ways to get out and about
and have fun at the same time
Dungeons & Dragons
Best part?
Worst part about new
games?
Know your neighbors?
Learn more about your city?
Pic nabbed from http://www.flickr.com/people/searchnetmedia/
In a rut?
How do we change?
Dice Walk
Dice Walk + Public
Transportation
More complex games
Things
to do
Places
People
Magical Mystery Fun Tour!
๏ One random destination
๏ A wacky drive there
๏ Loads of fun
Scavenger Hunt
๏ Do/find stuff around town
๏ Make teams. Choose prizes.
๏ Share the fun and pics!
Social Ninja!
๏ Find a local park or area in need of
attention
๏ Clean up or help fix the area covertly
๏ Don’t expect rew...
The Human Mosaic Project
http://thmp.in
Organize Flash Mobs
Pics nabbed from http://www.flickr.com/people/tfrancis/ and http://www.flickr.com/people/moriartys/
Volunteering
Pics nabbed from http://www.flickr.com/people/k9/ and http://www.flickr.com/people/bethechangeinc/
Get Physical!
Become a better you
If nothing else...
๏ Get out of your house
๏ Explore your world
๏ Share your experiences
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  • Tonight I’m going to help you get out of your house more often to explore this wonderful city of ours (I hope ;-). First, I wanted to share my story with you. My journey with games started many years ago when I was in Middle School.
  • It all really started for me with a game called D&D or Dungeons and Dragons. I loved getting together with my friends and creating new worlds and new characters and then sending those characters on an adventure. The best part of D&D was playing with friends.
  • Oops, not those friends.
    Seriously though, for me the best part was the social interaction involved with my friends. I still remember late nights we had playing D&D and other games and generally just having fun with each other.
  • Most are played through the computer and the actual social nature of the game is gone (or deeply hidden).
    So, how do we bring that social interaction back? To answer that question we need to examine a few underlying issues first.
  • How many of you know your neighbors, beyond a passing wave or smile?
    After living in 4 different neighborhoods in Tucson I realized that at most I knew maybe 2 or 3 of my closest neighbors and almost none of my furthest neighbors.
    Now I’d like to step one more layer out from your neighborhood.
  • How many of you would like to learn more about your city? Your community?
    Its history?
    Even though I’ve lived here for nearly 20 years there are still places that I haven’t been to in Tucson
  • Finally, how many of you feel like you’re stuck in a rut?
    Go to the same places
    Same restaurants, parks, etc.
    - Me too
  • So, how do we change (some) of these things?
    By making a game out of exploring our city!
    Games have rules, challenges, and benefits (of some kind or another)
  • Dice Walk
    At each intersection roll a 6 sided die
    1-2 go left
    3-4 go straight
    5-6 go right
    Modify for different intersections
  • Same as before but now you make a similar decision when you come to a bus stop
    And you can use SunTracker to find out when the next bus is coming!
    http://www.opentucson.org/suntracker/
    With either you can pretend you’re evading Spies just like Jason Bourne
  • More complex games. Three ingredients. People. Places. Things to do.
  • But why do all of this on your own? We’re already making this game for you.
    It’s called The Human Mosaic Project, and you can find it at http://thmp.in
    In our version you can earn badges for completing assignments and attending events
    The more badges you get the more assignments and areas of the site start to unlock for you
  • What are some other applications for this game?
    You could use it to organize a Flash Mob
    Giant pillow fit
    Zombie Walk
    Stand on a corner and protest nothing
  • You could use it to help organize and motivate volunteers in your community
    Find volunteers
    Find causes to join locally
    Do good
  • You could use it to help motivate yourself and your friends to get out and do more physically
    Get friends together and go to a park
    Get in touch with your inner kid and play kickball, fly a kite
    Do something fun, physical and out of the ordinary
  • Or focus on assignments that would help you become a better you.
    Find a Zen spot in your city and share that
    Go on a walk with your neighbor
    Form a debate club and argue a different side
  • If you get nothing else out of tonight I hope that you:
    Get out of your house
    Explore your world
    And Share your experiences
    Thank you!
  • Tucson: The Game!

    1. 1. Exploring Tucson: The Game! New ways to get out and about and have fun at the same time
    2. 2. Dungeons & Dragons
    3. 3. Best part?
    4. 4. Worst part about new games?
    5. 5. Know your neighbors?
    6. 6. Learn more about your city? Pic nabbed from http://www.flickr.com/people/searchnetmedia/
    7. 7. In a rut?
    8. 8. How do we change?
    9. 9. Dice Walk
    10. 10. Dice Walk + Public Transportation
    11. 11. More complex games Things to do Places People
    12. 12. Magical Mystery Fun Tour! ๏ One random destination ๏ A wacky drive there ๏ Loads of fun
    13. 13. Scavenger Hunt ๏ Do/find stuff around town ๏ Make teams. Choose prizes. ๏ Share the fun and pics!
    14. 14. Social Ninja! ๏ Find a local park or area in need of attention ๏ Clean up or help fix the area covertly ๏ Don’t expect rewards, just do it Pic nabbed from http://www.flickr.com/people/sethw/ Disclaimer: Not actual ninjas. Also, ninja garb not required.
    15. 15. The Human Mosaic Project http://thmp.in
    16. 16. Organize Flash Mobs Pics nabbed from http://www.flickr.com/people/tfrancis/ and http://www.flickr.com/people/moriartys/
    17. 17. Volunteering Pics nabbed from http://www.flickr.com/people/k9/ and http://www.flickr.com/people/bethechangeinc/
    18. 18. Get Physical!
    19. 19. Become a better you
    20. 20. If nothing else... ๏ Get out of your house ๏ Explore your world ๏ Share your experiences

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