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"In the far-off future year of 1902, our Steampunk world will run on the greatest of all inventions: the Dynamo. Dynamo isn’t a single game, but a tool - a mechanism for playing games. Use it to play one of the 3 brand new games included (Power Struggle, Bulb Juggler, Electron Drift, combine it with already existing blinks games for unique twists, or try creating your own games with it from scratch!"Dynamo is very simple in functionality - It's light is powered by touch. Pressing the button will charge your dynamo, but the charge only lasts for ~1 second. The only way to keep your dynamo alive is to keep pressing the button!
With this simple mechanic, we've designed 3 different games:
- Power Struggle - A competitive, physical party game where the only rule is to be the last player to keep your dynamo alive.
- Bulb Juggler - A dexterity-focused game where players must keep as many Dynamos alive as they can before one dies.
- Electron Drift - A game similar to "hot potato", where any number of players pass a Dynamo tile back and forth across a playing surface, keeping it alive as long as possible.
- While we have specifically designed games for Dynamo, players are strongly encouraged to think outside the rulebook. Try adding rules, breaking the rules we've written, or try coming up with games of your own. All that matters to your dynamo blink is that the lights stay on - it doesn't care much about what else you do with it
It's a Jonathan Party. Jon West joined Jon Bobrow on the Blinks Livestream 7/7/20
Jonathan West is a software developer and hobbyist game designer based in New Mexico, where he lives with his wife and 2 young daughters. He has a background in computer engineering and programming, and has recently taken to studying user experience design and research. He finds a lot of his inspiration in folk and playground games, and is curious to learn how they can shape the way we interact with technology.
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