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Ludium II
Edward Castronova

 

The Arden Institute http://arden.indiana.edu/ at Indiana University announces: Ludium II is tentatively planned for June 22-23, 2007. ("Ludium!? What's a Ludium!?" http://arden.indiana.edu/ludium.html) The theme "Videogames and Public Policy" will be explored through a game that puts participants in a 19th century US political convention, complete with smoke-filled rooms http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke-filled_room and bombastic delegates http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senator_Claghorn. OK, due to health concerns we will not allow cigars, but bombasticism will be encouraged regardless of the risks. Gameplay: The delegates will form caucuses and compete to get planks on the party http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/showplatforms.php?platindex=R1896 platform http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/showplatforms.php?platindex=D1896. They'll also elect a party nominee for President. Results: A platform recommending 10 (or so) Principles for Sensible Video Game Policy, and a single person, the nominee, who will become our de facto spokesperson for the ideas in the platform. From the Ludium's end until November 2008, we will point to the nominee whenever we are asked about games by the media, legislatures, courts, lobbying groups, or voters. Prizes go to participants who get the most ideas on the platform, and for being a candidate or the eventual nominee. Participation will be open. We have room for 400 people.

Though at an early stage, Ludium II could use a little help.

1. CALL FOR DESIGNS

Design a game using the feature set described in the opening paragraph. You have one resource: a large, spacious, open room, with a stage at one end, nestled inside a big, old, rambling building. The building is placed in a parklike setting on a university campus.

Submit your design proposal to me here early this summer. I'll go through the submissions over the summer and initiate discussions with the authors of ones that seem to fit best.

The conference is in the planning stage, so I can't commit to any compensation. This is work-for-credit, until and unless significant sponsorship happens.

2. CALL FOR SPONSORSHIP

If you'd like to sponsor the event, let me know .

3. CALL FOR LEADERSHIP

Participants will be assigned to a specific delegation, and each delegation will have a leader. To the extent we are able to reimburse travel expenses, we will do so for delegation heads first. A delegation head's primary duties will be to help resolve disputes among delegates. If you're interested, please notify me here .

4. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Want to help? Email me .

Edward Castronova
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Telecommunications
Indiana University

http://arden.indiana.edu/
http://arden.indiana.edu/ludium.html














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