Recently I've been watching TableTop. It's a fun series about different board games. One of the things that really got me interested is the potential for creativity here. Modern board games introduce a whole variety of different mechanics in terms of game play and with it comes a lot of creativity in terms of strategy you develop around it. I figured it would be a fun challenge to come up with a simple strategy game based on a standard deck of cards. Read on to see what eventuated.
This week we're surviving.
Game: There are 5 random words below. You have just washed up on a deserted island and these words represent items that have also washed up. Think of the most creative ways you could use these items to help you survive.
Creativity often involves combining things in interesting, and often unexptected, ways to create new outcomes that are useful to us. Sometimes your inspiration for this will come from a desive to solve a problem or to make your life easier in some way. Sometimes it is an idea that comes from a chance observation or that so called 'light bulb' moment. Another avenue, one that we should be encouraging, is when these ideas come from deliberate play. So let's dive in.
So for this weeks article I decided to take the first 4 words that I got from our Idea Generator and write a piece on how these relate to creativity. Often, doing this as an activity is a really good way to spur some original thinking. If you're going to do it though, force yourself to work with the first set of words you get. If you don't then you're getting the words to fit your current thinking rather than using the words to force new creative thinking.
This week we're creating clues.
Game: There are 5 random words listed below. Your aim is to come up with a clue for a hig pig (see below for explanation). You can use the words directly or something related to them.
Patterns are all around us. They are a fundamental characteristic of the universe and there is a great deal of advantage in being able to discover and observe them. As such, this weeks challenge centers around building our ability to observe the interesting patterns that surround us but that we do not see. Doing so will be a great boost in your journey to become a highly creative person.
The world we live in is an amazingly complex place. Space is larger than we can imagine in every direction, and yet everything in it is comprised of components that are smaller than we can imagine. Take a grain of sand for instance. It is comprised of approximately 2 * 10^19 atoms. Those atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons, which themselves are made up of quarks and gluons and on it goes. Science continues to extend our understanding of the world in both directions every day.
This week we're rapping.
Game: There are 3 random words below. Rap artists are the masters of figurative language and this game involves being like them. Think of a metaphor or simile involving one of these words and express it in lyrical form.
Sometimes we just need a little kick start to get us going. Sometimes we just need a bit of fun. Sometimes it all begins when you're least expecting it. This weeks challenge aims to get you doing things you probably didn't think you would be this week. But that's ok because you're creative and out of the ordinary is par for the course as far as you're concerned. So dive in and let's get started.
So I've spent the last few days setting up some new computer labs for a school. It was a fairly monotonous job that involved running through the same sets of tasks over and over on all the computers. Kinda boring to begin with but eventually I flipped over to autopilot and it became mostly subconscious. That's when the fun began as the creative side of me began to ponder and wonder.
This week we're waxing poetic.
Game: There are 3 random words below. You are to write a haiku poem where one of these words is on each line. See below for more on what a haiku poem is. You may pick whatever subject you like for your poem.