Four days ago, I launched a crowd funding campaign for my board game – ‘Politics of India’. Though I never thought earlier that I would ever design a board game, but it just happened and I feel so satisfied inside, when people play that game and enjoy their time, that feeling is great. Sometimes, certain things are always inside you but they never get to come out, and when you suddenly see it some day, you feel that you belonged to it forever, the same thing happened to me with board games, I used to play board games when I was child, but then there was a big gap, and I rediscovered the board gamer in me, few months back when I went to a board game meetup here in Bangalore, that was some kind of realization for me.
Board games have some charm in them, which no other form of game can take, for me at least. It brings out the best and the worst of the emotions. The best thing about board game is that, you spend time with friends and you don’t feel it being wasted, as it happens with other type of games.
So, let’s talk something about the game itself. Politics of India is a strategy game, which means that you have to make some kind of strategy and follow it to win and not just roll-the-dice and play. As the name suggest, it’s based on the politics and elections in India. Each player becomes a national party and fields their candidates against each other in order to win a parliament seat. As in the real politics, you can’t win simply by contesting the best candidates, you have bring in schemes, like free electricity, free education etc. to convince voters as well as there are other ways to win seat, which are not ethical, such as bogus voting, pay per vote and others. Overall, I have tried to make the game totally reflecting the real world politics.
Why I have chosen politics as the theme of game? Well, what can be better than politics? Politics has all the elements a game would need and everyone in India knows politics well? at least, in some way. Also, I realized that, politics is considered a bad thing in our society, no one wants to get into it, so by making politics into a game, I am bringing a chance to try out politics, without getting into it in the real life, isn’t it? It can be a great game for teaching politics to new generation and let them choose politics as their career, may be?
Anyways, the most important aim of the game is that you have fun while playing it, if I succeed in that, I will be more than happy. Have I convinced you that it’s a great game to have? Now is your time to support me, check out my crowd funding campaign for the game here - http://www.indiegogo.com/politics-of-india-game/x/1731933
I am using crowd funding to fund the cost required to publish the game and bring it to the hands of gamers. I always wanted to do something, which I can crowd fund, there’s a charm in the crowd fund, that people approve your creativity, people approve your thoughts, that’s the best thing about crowd funding, for me.
Let’s see how it goes!