By Carson Deveau
At the beginning of the second week of the IDEA Sandbox boot camp, the participants were broken up into small groups of three or four. They would be working with those teams for the next two weeks on a variety of projects and ideas, with the major project being that the groups design and create a new board game.
On May 7th, to inspire the students, the instructors brought them to the Board Game Café on Barrington Street, and arranged for the participants to talk to the manager about the different types of board games. Kris Moulton is the manager of the Board Room café in Halifax, as well as one in Bedford, and owns hundreds, and hundreds of board games from all over the world. Kris talked to the student about the history of board games, and about the recent revival of board games in North American society over the past 10 years. Kris also discussed about the different types of board games, from competitive to cooperative, to dice games, to fantasy, and everything in between, all of which to help spark the creativity in the students for their own ideas. After Kris was done, the students picked out a couple of board games and played them with their group members.
This was a great start of the week exercise for the participants because, it exposed them to a variety of different types of board games, which helped them begin to brainstorm idea about what they wanted to include in their board game. Also, the trip was good icebreaker for the group members and allowed for them to get to know each other, and build a bit of group chemistry before they began working on their project together.