my childhood home, basement (1985-1995)
I was really stunned and amazed and happy when I visited my parents in our childhood home last month to find remnants of the first game i ever designed, 20 years ago, in our basement.
my sister and I used to create unobtrusive life-size boardgames on the floor of ourbasement. to mark the spaces, we used transparent scotch tape to show borders of squares and to label the spaces. (strips of tape could be used to form transparent letters on top of the tiles)
the design idea was that it looked like an ordinary basement floor until you looked closer, and saw all of this secret marking that told you how to play a game.
so I guess that two decades ago at the age of 8 I was designing ubiquitous games already. that makes me happy. don't be looking for the alternate reality game "prom date" any time soon though. ;)
in this photo, you can see that although we would peel up the tape after a game was played out, sometimes the stickiness stayed behind and collected dirt and grime over the years. in front of my feet here is four letter's worth of grime collected since 1985 on what used to be the final space of "PROM DATE" the game. the letters, of course, spelled PROM.