A toolkit created for the DMLL’s Game Changers initiative
‘What Is Your Story?’ is a playful card-based activity designed by Sylvester Arnab and I for the Game Changers programme, Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Coventry University. The cards encourage creative and abstract thinking, with players inventing a story-concept by linking disconnected images to a theme. The cards are based on the fundamentals of Experience Design, with the three key elements: People, Context and Activity. Each card shows a public domain image that can be visually interpreted to form part of a story. Players draw one card from each element deck and think of a way to link the three images together in relation to a chosen theme. Players then share their story with other players, and decide which they think is the best or most entertaining.
We launched ‘What Is Your Story?’ at the DMLL Expo 2016 (storify here), and the cards have since reached a wider audience, being played as far afield as China and New York. With interest continuing to grow, we have created a toolkit so anyone can print and use the cards.
The toolkit (available on the DMLL Beyond Flipped website) includes information on how to deliver the cards and a “Print-Your-Own” version of ‘What Is Your Story?’ so anyone can run their own playful card-based session. It also includes design files and advice if you would like to design your own version.
If you would like to read more about ‘What Is Your Story?’ check out Sylvester’s original blog post here.
‘What Is Your Story?’ designed by Lauren Heywood and Sylvester Arnab for the Game Changers open game design programme, by Coventry University’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab, available under the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 4.0.