As one of my daughters is engaging currently in teacher training I was reminded of this text , so popular for a time in my own career-
Thursday, 10 December 2020
Inside my black box
I was reminded of this when I was thinking about my own “black box” my permanent potting bench gaming area. For me it is a black box where any game can take place through the transformation of terrain , rules and figures. It also needs to be pleasing to look at, in my eyes, as it stays up all the time , is played over days or weeks and if not filled up with a game can deteriorate into a dumping ground for books etc. What is needed are different gaming experiences rather than the same with different bits of lead moving around. I am thinking of moving towards my collections having a unique set of gaming experiences in terms of rules and playing environments. I’m not sure how to do it...
Basically for me there are games on grids or not gridded, hex or square or plain. Currently I have an all encompassing backdrop and green cloth ( plain or gridded in various sizes) or a winter backdrop drop with a white ( grid or plain ) cloth. One step would be to get a desert or seascape set up. Man of Tin’s recent post reminded me that my black box is essentially a stage needing sets and lead or plastic actors. I would like to add height too in some way. Any thoughts on set dressing ideas or how to use rules and scale to get differing gaming experiences are welcome and positively encouraged!