This chapter explores what the authors discovered about analog games and game design during the many iterative processes that have led to the Lost & Found series, and how they found certain constraints and affordances (that which an artifact assists, promotes or allows) provided by the boardgame genre. Some findings were counter-intuitive. What choices would allow for the modeling of complex systems, such as legal and economic systems? What choices would allow for gameplay within the time of a class-period? What mechanics could promote discussions of tradeoff decisions? If players are expending too much cognition on arithmetic strategizing, could that strategizing alter the characteristics of those trade-off discussions? Could the designer devise a game system that promoted consideration not just of the difficult decisions made in a community that has to balance the needs of the community with individualized needs, but could they help find a way for students to discuss legal reasoning as well? The design examples in this chapter provide a case study in the exploration of these questions as well as the resulting published games. The authors suggest that for complex topics in social sciences and humanities that multi-game mechanic and multi-game approaches may provide the most fruitful avenues for games for learning designs.

Publication Date

Summer 9-2020


Posted with permission from publisher.

Document Type

Book Chapter

Department, Program, or Center

School of Interactive Games and Media (GCCIS)


RIT – Main Campus