Weekly Game Idea 5: Seeds and Shotguns
THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IS COLLAPSING! IT’S THE END OF CIVILIZATION!
Alert readers will already be aware that I have a degree in economics. The main thing I learned from this is that our banking system is a fragile house of cards built on blind hope and empty promises. This blog isn’t the place to discuss the mess we’re currently in, but it is a place to invent games about it.
“It’s seeds and shotguns time!” is a phrase that’s I’ve read a lot recently, on some of the forums and blogs I read. My friends and I have jokingly discussed plans to emigrate and form a commune for years now, but the recent economic crisis seems to have spurred other people into thinking it’d be a genuinely good idea. Seeds and Shotguns explores this premise, giving players some basic knowledge of how to survive in such a situation, and presenting them with a more rounded, realistic experience than their Mad Max/Little House on the Prairie fantasies can conjure up. It’s not just about knowing when to sow what, or how to cycle your fresh water store, but also where to cache your excess food stock and who to shoot on sight. A bit like Fallout meets Harvest Moon.