Re: Protoype: Theme Park
- Randall asked:
> I remember Kasey pointing out a prototype game at Unity Games 2, a...and John responded...
> card game that was apparently about operating a theme park. I am a
> Roller Coaster Tycoon junkie as well as a Disneyphile, so would
> appreciate any info on the game. I wanted to play, but they already
> had a foursome.
> I played in that game. The game was Joe's (unfortunately, I do notDave forwarded the mail to me; it seemed to make the most sense to
> know the last name), and I played along with Scott H. and Elaine
> The game was tenatively called "Theme Park", for lack of anything
> It was definitely fun and interesting. I think the game could
> potentially be a five player game, though I am not certain of that.
> I could try to describe the game some more, but if Joe is reading
> this, he's likely to give a much better description.
just reply here. (I won't be receiving mail, or normally reading the
list, though - so please copy me via email if you actually want me to
see any replies...)
The name of the game is Theme Park, though as John implies it's more
for lack of a better name than because I actually like the rather
bland name "Theme Park".
The game is specifically designed to handle 3-5 players. Players
develop their parks by building rides, attractions, and scenery to
attract both local and national visitor with varying priorities. For
instance, a visitor who enjoys the nostalgia of visiting an amusement
park will gladly visit a park with a Virginia Reel - but a new coaster
isn't going to bring them in. Player can additionally advertise,
survey local customers (who are generally not as well understood as
the national customers), and urge ride manufacturers to offer
different options. Theme Park takes ~30 minutes to play. If anyone
going the Gathering is interested in playtesting it, just let me know.
I have developed one additional similarly themed game (Oktoberfest -
wherein players are Oktoberfest visitors, each trying to have the most
fun during the day), and have two similar games I will someday get
together (Roller Coaster, where each player builds a roller coaster
during the off-season, with the winner being the player who has built
the best coaster, and 1955, an 18XX-styled game wherein payouts are
based upon the number of visitors - a game which I expect to have
ready for playtest around 2038 or so...)
Joe (who last year managed four amusement park visits - far and away
the best I've done since my older son Ben was born - is four different
states in four different parts of the country (TX, CA, OH, MA)