THAT'S YOUR RIGHT
This is a single or multiplayer card battle game where players use their knowledge of the 10 amendments of the Bill of Rights to increase their Freedom score and decrease their opponent's. Play for free!
As a I mentioned in the Dashboard Blitz page, this game was designed around a large amount of different facts (the amendments and what they meant) that couldn't be easily translated into game mechanics. The card battle system itself has the majority of the mechanics and the amendment knowledge is a supplement that makes you more powerful.
The game itself is very simple. It draws inspiration from other popular card battle games and makes it accessible to younger players, which was middle schoolers in this case. We came up with scenarios to put on the cards that relate to a certain amendment. Players who power a card with a matching amendment token will end up earning more points faster. We limited each round of gameplay to 5 different amendements so that players didn't get too ovewhelmed.
Part of the reason it ended up being so good is because we paper playtested this game to death. We created whole decks of cards by hand and played and played and played. The inital design was very dull but grew to be really engaging. Seeing what went wrong with the design early on gave us time to plan and test improvements before production even started.
A Lesson Learned...
Paper playtest / prototype everything as much as you can. So many designs sound great in your head but are actually not fun at all in practice. Find this out early and you will save yourself a headache.