How Is It So Hard To Understand?!

Today, we got another disappointing message regarding our game instructions.

“I don’t get it.”  

We have spent a lot of time working on our instructions and our materials.  

Tabletop games have had a positive impact on my life.  It was very important to me that I’m Right You’re Wrong was inclusive for gamers and non-gamers.  The more people we bring to the table the nicer we make the world.

But gee-whiz, has explaining to those new to tabletop gaming has been defeating.  Just when we think we have it, we get another “I don’t get it” in our inbox.  Creating the perfect instructions is a balance act between concise and hand-holding; quick and thorough. 

It was our intent to make I’m Right You’re Wrong easy to learn as you play. However, in the process we learnt even drawing a card at the beginning of the turn can be completely foreign to some people.

“We understand how to lose, but how do you win?” 

Our latest realization is that many players are familiar with card shedding, like Solitaire, Uno, Big 2, and scoring, like goFish, Poker and Blackjack.  Or other games where the point is to win.

But what about elimination games? Where you win by not losing, and being the last one to do so.  How could we go wrong?  The only ones off the top of our heads are Jenga and Exploding Kittens.  Maybe musical chairs?

But behind this frustration there is a positive take.

Although challenging, we realized introducing new mechanics and concepts present us with an opportunity to challenge norms.  By helping us to rewire our brains, we are creating new directions to explore our understanding of ourselves, our relationships and the world.  Combining new game concepts with relatable themes, such as conflict, we are creating an environment to engage people and present a different perspective in a fun-first manner.

How would you explain our game?  If you can help us come up with a better way, we will send you a t-shirt!

June 9, 2022

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