Week 1 Discussion: Emergence vs Progression

March 29, 2016

Think back to when you were a child. What was your favorite board game? Why was it your favorite game? 

Initial Post: Write about your favorite board/card game as a child. Provide the rules to the game. Provide why it was your favorite game. Discuss the elements of Emergence and Progression as they relate to your favorite game. 

 

 

The game that is, and continues to be, a childhood favorite of mine is "The Farming Game" by George Rohrbacher, a rancher from Washington State in 1979. The game was created as a supplement his farm during a rough patch and its considered a teaching tool about the subtle hardships that a person in the rural setting would face. ("The Farming Game", 2015). The tabletop game is a favorite of my siblings and mine and when ever we convene for family events of any sort we always break out the well used board and blow off the dust. The game is pretty  easy to play and the rules are simple. Each player starts with $5000 cash on hand, $5000 in owed bank notes, a pair of Option to Buy cards, 20 acres in grain and 20 acres in hay. From there you are in the running to come out on top. The board is divided up into the weeks of the year. The first two months are spent deciding on your offers to buy and once you get past that point you roll the dice to see what your harvests are worth. When you roll for your harvest you cross reference it against your holdings, the value of the dice you rolled and then check what your operating expense is which is a drawn random card after you roll for your harvest. The balance is your profit and you live to harvest another day. (Rohrbacher, 1979)

The reason this is a favorite of mine because of the simplicity of it, and the memories I have with my siblings playing it toiling over our individual harvests long into the night discussing the events of our perspective life outside of home. It has always been a mutual battle ground where no matter where each of us stand in our lives we can just spend time with each other and outside politics, agendas, and problems are left on the wayside. It's a tradition and we feel that its a game worth keeping in our repertoire of go to games. We enjoy it because it gives us a glimpse of the hardships that our father grew up in being a farmer all of his childhood, and the trials and tribulations of his actions as a whole that affected the farm and the family. 

I believe this game is emergent in nature, once you begin there is no set path you must follow and your choices are wholly your own. There are however progressive flairs wherein you must complete the random landing spots of Farmers Fate that don't just affect you but your opponents as well. All persons must pass the complication before the next challenge can be accepted and followed through. The conclusion of the game is decided upon the player with the most holdings of all resources, money, and lowest debt. 

The Farming Game. (2016). Wikipedia. Retrieved 4 March 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Farming_Game 

Rohrbacher, G (2016). Retrieved 4 March 2016, from http://farmgame.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Farming-Game-Instructions1.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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