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Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Game Information

TitleLa Mancha
Presenter(s)Christopher W. Totten, Clara Totten
SessionConference Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session
TimeThursday, October 11, 7:00p-10:00p
LocationMSU Union Ballroom
FormatGame Exhibition
DescriptionThe literature-themed card game, La Mancha, is based on Miguel de Cervantes's classic 1605 novel, Don Quixote, which describes a nobleman playing at knighthood after reading too many books about chivalry.
La Mancha recreates the nobleman's experience as 3 to 5 players rationalize the mundane and the absurd into the stuff of legend. To play, players draw story prompts from a Journey deck and respond with Chivalry cards, which contain words and phrases from books of Chivalry. Players who tell the best story are rewarded with cards from a Treasure deck, which they can use to overcome challenges on special Feat cards drawn from the Journey deck. The winner with the most Feat cards when the game ends is the winner. La Mancha condenses Cervantes' 900+ page novel into a 60-90 minute game and makes the novel's themes more accessible, spurring new conversations about the Don Quixote and his journey.

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