Monsieur Polo: Game Vision

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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 crafted a detailed vision of what form this game might take.

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Monsieur Polo: Game Vision

  1. 1. Die Gute Frabrik proudly presentsMonsieur Polo ®
  2. 2. Monsieur Polo ®WHATA mobile Indie Folk game for WHEREsmartphones in 3 parts: Any open city space: 1. a downloadable app a courtyard, a park, a plaza 11. optional gear 111. an online community WHENWHO Day or night any weekend, when time is ample andSocial urban dwellers who are spirits are highlooking to play an outdoor gamewith new people
  3. 3. Monsieur Polo ®GAME PRINCIPLES DESIGN PRINCIPLESPortable and simple to set up Mobile and sharable, simple and low-costCompelling from a distance Game’s structure requires silly behaviorFun and easy to learn Modeled after traditional folk gamesFocus is on players & social interactions Online platform for communityFlexible game structure Players’ performance fascinates more than digital experience ☞ underwhelming tech
  4. 4. Monsieur Polo ® TOUCH POINTS Monsieur Polo website Apple or iTunes store Encountering game outdoors SOCIAL + EMOTIONAL VALUES Users opt-in to game when in the mood to play. Joy and fun are created through spontaneous play and silly movements. ENVIRONMENT-SENSITIVE GPS-tracking technology alerts users when 3 or more players are in the same open space
  5. 5. product experience
  6. 6. Meet Amelie PROFILE 32-year-old new resident in Boston NEEDS Wishes she had more time to play outdoors when not working at her 9-5 office job. Seeks new opportunities for socializing and meeting people. INTERESTS Regular board game player Medium-level tech savviness
  7. 7. Amelie shops for a new game TOUCH POINT Amelie sees Monsieur Polo in the Apple Store and decides to take a look.
  8. 8. Inside the box she finds... Congratulations! your code is: nxkfn7jh3pwMarco’s Tips find monsieur IN THE BOX Shhh... Top Secret! players online don’t make noise go to bed early & I. Certificate of purchase and App Store code never trust friends make new friends II. Set of three iPhone horns and one wheel everybody loses getting lost is hard ☞Visit www.mpolo.com III. Instruction manual
  9. 9. How does it work? Drifter’s Horn “drifter” players wear this phone-powered horn around their neck. each horn emits a different colored light during night play. the horns double in utility as music speakers and a flashlight.Monsieur’s Wheel IN THE BOXthe “monsieur” player plugs herphone into the wheel. monsieur canuse the wheel to call drifter horns.
  10. 10. The First Game CHECKING IN The next day, Amelie is wandering in Boston Common and feels like playing the game. She decides to check in on her Monsieur Polo app. Upon checking in, the app: (1) records her location (11) determines if she is in an open space (111) determines if there are 3 or more other players in the vicinityPRINCIPLES AT WORKMobile and sharablePortable and simple to set up
  11. 11. NOTIFICATION Suddenly, a special Monsieur Polo tone sounds from Amelie’s phone.PRINCIPLES AT WORKMobile and sharablePortable and simple to set up
  12. 12. PLAYER ALERT In the distance, she notices another group whose phones are also sounding.PRINCIPLES AT WORKMobile and sharablePortable and simple to set up
  13. 13. PLAYER GATHERING The players meet and begin playing Monsieur Polo. Some have their own gear, while othersPRINCIPLES AT WORK choose to play without any gear.Mobile and sharable Luckily, Amelie has brought her set today.Portable and simple to set up
  14. 14. THE GAME BEGINS Amelie lends her Monsieur’s wheel to Sarah, who assumes the role of Monsieur Polo.PRINCIPLES AT WORKMobile and sharablePortable and simple to set up
  15. 15. DRIFTERS WANDER A Monsieur Polo, Sarah must close her eyes while the other players (the “Drifters”) wander.PRINCIPLES AT WORKFocus is on players & social interactionsGame’s structure requires silly behavior
  16. 16. DRIFTERS WANDER A Monsieur Polo, Sarah must close her eyes while the other players (the “Drifters”) wander.PRINCIPLES AT WORKFocus is on players & social interactionsGame’s structure requires silly behavior
  17. 17. CALL AND REVEAL “Monsieur” can request a call from her wheel at any moment. When this happens, every player’sPRINCIPLES AT WORK phone sounds, revealing their location.Focus is on players & social interactionsGame’s structure requires silly behavior
  18. 18. TAGGING THE DRIFTERS If Monsieur Polo catches a player, that player is out. However, because creative cheating isPRINCIPLES AT WORK encouraged, out Drifters can still try to guidePRINCIPLESto learnFun and easy AT WORK or misguide Monsieur towards other Drifters.Fun and gameto learn.Flexible easy structure
  19. 19. Psst! She’s right here! TAGGING THE DRIFTERS If Monsieur Polo catches a player, that player is out. However, because creative cheating isPRINCIPLES AT WORK encouraged, out Drifters can still try to guidePRINCIPLESto learnFun and easy AT WORK or misguide Monsieur towards other Drifters.Fun and gameto learn.Flexible easy structure
  20. 20. Mwah You’ ll never hahaha! catch me!That was close! CHILDLIKE FUN Throughout, much laughing and joking takes place from the players’ ridiculous movementsPRINCIPLES AT WORK and antics.Focus is on players & social interactionsGame’s structure requires silly behavior
  21. 21. DOCUMENTING THE GAME Players can also take pictures or capture live stream videos using the Monsieur Polo app,PRINCIPLES AT WORK which uploads it straight to the game’s website.Mobile and shareableOnline platform for community
  22. 22. THE END HATH ARRIVEDThe game continues until only one drifterremains untagged.
  23. 23. Rats! A WINNER IS BORN The remaining player wins the game and is crowned the new Monsieur Polo.
  24. 24. A NEW GAME BEGINSAmelie is having so much fun that she decides tostick around for a few more rounds.
  25. 25. NIGHT FALLSBefore they know it, it starts to get dark out.
  26. 26. LIGHTS AT NIGHTBut the darkness only adds a new layer of fun tothe game: the built-in horn lights give certainDrifters a sudden advantage.
  27. 27. LIGHTS AT NIGHTPlus, they just look cool - especially as thegame gets going!
  28. 28. LIGHTS FOR NIGHT AT NIGHTPlus, they just look cool - especially as thegame gets going!
  29. 29. LIKE MOTHS TO A FLAME LIGHTS FOR NIGHT Plus, they just lookis drawn to the lights, and Soon, a crowd cool - especially as the game gets going! have a group of spectators the players now cheering them on.PRINCIPLES AT WORKCompelling from a distance
  30. 30. NEW PLAYERS EMERGE LIGHTS FOR NIGHT Plus, they just look cool - especially as the Two spectators even become new players game getsquickly downloading the Monsieur after going! Polo app on their phones.PRINCIPLES AT WORKFun and easy to learn
  31. 31. Post-game connecting MPOLO.COM At home later that evening, Amelie revisits the video she uploaded during her first game. She posts it in the Boston Monsieur Polo group. Some of the players find Amelie online and they all make plans for another game next weekend. She can’t wait!PRINCIPLES AT WORKOnline platform forcommunity
  32. 32. nologyTech IPHONE HORN STAND PRISMATIC LIGHT SHOW Boosts iPhone speaker volume by Handheld light “turns the up to three times without any ad- room into a night club” ditional power Double reflective heads Non-slip rubberized gripHANDHELD LASER IPHONE DIGITAL GAME STEERING WHEEL

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