Monsieur Polo: Game Concept

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Monsieur Polo is a modern twist on the traditional folk game Marco Polo. In a presentation for my 3D Interaction class, I propose a clear final vision of this game informed by the design principles I defined from my earlier research.

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Monsieur Polo: Game Concept

  1. 1. proudly presentsDie Gute Frabrik
  2. 2. ALLISON LEACH 3D IX CLASS CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS FALL 2012ALLISON LEACH 3D IX CLASS CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS FALL 2012Monsieur Polo®ALLISON LEACH CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS FALL 2012
  3. 3. Social urban dwellers who arelooking to play an outdoor gamewith new peopleA mobile Indie Folk game forsmartphones in 3 parts:WHATWHOThe Monsieur Polo Game®Social urban dwellers who arelooking to play an outdoor gamewith new peopleMONSIEUR POLO GUIDESMARTPHONE APPLICATIONONLINE COMMUNITY123
  4. 4. Any open city space:a courtyard, a park, a plazaWHEREWHENThe Monsieur Polo Game®Day or night, whenever time isample and spirits are high3
  5. 5. Opportunity
  6. 6. Design opportunity107.4 million Americans* use walking as a regularmode of travel.People walk more for social, recreation, and trippurposes than for work purposes.Although adults may schedule the occasionalgame night or sports match on weekends, thespontaneous play of childhood has disappeared.*Source: http://www.walkinginfo.orgON THE STREETFORGOTTEN PLAY
  7. 7. Research
  8. 8. “I enjoys the game to get out of the house, sweat a little,enjoy fresh air and get some sun.”Board Game PlayerNOAHVolleyball PlayerMARKJoust Game DeveloperDOUGVideo GamerDANNEL“Games can function as a bonding experience for friends andalso as a forum for new social interactions as an icebreaker"“Most digital games involve staring at a screen, butwith Joust players look at one another, creating a sort ofcognitive dissonance"“My favorite game is Joust because it magically combinespeople looking silly and hours of fun"
  9. 9. “I enjoys the game to get out of the house, sweat a little,enjoy fresh air and get some sun.”Board Game PlayerNOAHVolleyball PlayerMARKJoust Game DeveloperDOUGVideo GamerDANNEL“Games can function as a bonding experience for friends andalso as a forum for new social interactions as an icebreaker"“Most digital games involve staring at a screen, butwith Joust players look at one another, creating a sort ofcognitive dissonance"“My favorite game is Joust because it magically combinespeople looking silly and hours of fun"
  10. 10. Social Explorer Tech GamerSafe Spectator Fresh-air AthleteFinds novel experiencesand new peoplerejuvenatingNeeds downtime fromscreen technologyafter a long workweekAlways on top of thelatest and greatest ingaming technologyPrefers games with adigital componentPrefers to keep somedistance from thegameEnjoys the spectacleof watchingstrangers playSeeks physical activityand fresh airDesires a good sweatand an activitywith strategy andsocializingResearch personas
  11. 11. Complex rulesHigh social cost ofembarrassmentCrowded locationBusy dayDifficult set-upNot enough structureToo lengthyFun but no roomfor hackingSimple & fun coreAudibly and visuallycompelling froma distancepermeableobstacle-riddenoff-puttingalluringMeaningful impacton non-playersResearch insights
  12. 12. Design
  13. 13. Product designPortable and simple to set upCompelling from a distanceFun and easy to learnFocus is on players& social interactionsFlexible game structureGAME PRINCIPLES
  14. 14. Mobile and sharableGame requires silly behaviorModeled after traditional folk gameOnline communityPlayers’ performance fascinatesmore than digital experienceDESIGN PRINCIPLESProduct design
  15. 15. StoreWebOutsideABCCustomer Journey: discovery, play connect
  16. 16. StoreWebOutsideABCbuy gearbuy geardownload appdownload appcheck-incheck-innotifiednotifiedplayplayplayweb connectweb connectweb connectdownload app join existing gameCustomer Journey: discovery, play connect
  17. 17. II. Monsieur Polo GuideIII. Instruction manualIN THE BOXInside the box...Congratulations!your code is:nxkfn7jh3pwfind monsieurplayers online&make new friendsVisitwww.mpolo.comShhh... Top Secret!don’t make noisego to bed earlynever trust friendseverybody losesgetting lost is hardMarco’s Tips
  18. 18. speaker in top funnelband wraps around handvibratingsensorsembedded inrubber gripled lights activateduring gamehand moldedfor a naturalfitForm and FunctionNETWORKEDEach Monsieur playersyncs his or her phonewith the guide wirelesslySIMPLEGuide communicateson its own, requiring nofurther set-upMOBILECompact size, dualspeaker function,durable rubber & metalmaterial encourageon-the-go action
  19. 19. bluetoothsignalwireless broadband CellphoneNetworkForm and Function: network
  20. 20. The Monsieur Polo Game®MONSIEURGUIDE1A GPS-enabledhand-heldgame piece thatcommunicates viabluetooth withthe MonsieurPolo smartphoneapplication.LED lights andvibrating gripsensors providereal-time feedbackduring the game.Enhances game,but is not requiredto play.
  21. 21. At night, theGuide’s lightsare visuallycompellingfrom adistance...
  22. 22. The Monsieur Polo Game®SMARTPHONEAPPLICATION2The Monsieur Poloapp lets playersstart or join a game,and monitors thegame’s progress.Players can checktheir score, invitefriends, and evencapture a livestream of the game.For players withoutthe Guide, the appenables the phoneto function as alower-res Guide.
  23. 23. The Monsieur Polo Game®SMARTPHONEAPPLICATION2The Monsieur Poloapp lets playersstart or join a game,and monitors thegame’s progress.Players can checktheir score, invitefriends, and evencapture a livestream of the game.For players withoutthe Guide, the appenables the phoneto function as alower-res Guide.
  24. 24. The Monsieur Polo Game®ONLINECOMMUNITY3On the MonsieurPolo website,players can connectwith other players.games, post pastgames, learn tipsand tricks, and seetop scores.
  25. 25. Thank Youallison leach©2012

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