Technology is great at getting us connected, but also great at keeping us home.
We at ESI believe the future of play is more and more about large, collaborative, group experiences. We all crave true-life interactions and games are a great way to connect us through the power of play. For the last few summers, ESI Design has been an enthusiastic partner in Come Out & Play (COAP) — a festival of original games that are designed to be played in public spaces, as well as to create a fun spectacle.
Live-action gaming is an incredibly fluid, often unpredictable way to encourage and study collaboration and communication in large groups. Games of this nature can be a little rough around the edges to allow for experimentation and rapid prototyping — and our designers love to create an experience based on assumptions and then see how those play out in the real world.
We usually create games for COAP, but this year we stepped up our involvement by organizing an entire Family Field Day to be held alongside the regular Field Day event, both because we saw some unmet needs and also because we wanted the chance to experiment a little. We worked closely with COAP organizers Greg Trefry and Nick Fortugno (among others) to coordinate the two events and to make sure they reached the right audience. Here’s how it went...Read more