After two of the major blackouts in the 21st century, the 2003 Northeast Blackout and 2021 Texas Blackout, we all became armchair experts in power systems. Blackout, became one traceable chain of human and machine events that reveals the totality of the state of electricity in America. I teamed up with two designers and pitched Blackout: The Clock is Ticking to emphasize the mechanical challenges of America's power system. In this game, the players are instructed to develop an adaptive and compatible crisis management solution from reactivating power plants to resolving electricity issues when a blackout hit their city.
Full instruction video coming soon.
To sift through and redirect a focused portion of relevant data into the game mechanics.
To prototype, test and reiterate versions of the game until it is carefully choreographed and structurally sound.
To strategically plan and fabricate a compelling and educational board game with captivating stories.
↑ Competition + Cooperation: The game shows moments of shifting alliances and coalitions in historic blackout with connected grids, resources scarcity and time constraints.
↑ Toolshed + Worker ID Board: Players can checkout toolboxes or book specialist workers to build an efficient workflow. However, all resources are scarce, shared and time-sensitive.
↑ Weekly Mission Cards: Players are assigned missions to complete every seven rounds (one week in the game) in order to gain higher achievements. Designed by Réka Szabo
↑ Diagnosis: Players need to dispatch a worker to diagnose the situation of a location before they dispatch a team to resolve the situation.
↑ Roadblocks: Players encounter different levels of electrical issues that blocks their progress. The roadblocks can be resolved by checking out toolboxes of different levels or paying tokens. Designed by Sama Kasliwal
The dart-shaped game boards are designed to be able to rearranged for every game. The triangular moving pattern enables players to move at a predictable and calculated pace.
The game's visual components are inspired by 2000's print design paired with legible iconography style. It is designed to bring players back to 2003.