Game Jam Winner Spotlight: The Pigeon Wager

Game Jam Winner Spotlight: The Pigeon Wager

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So far in our series of posts showcasing the winners in all six types of the fifth yearly community area recreation jam, Gaming Like It’s 1927, we’ve showcased Greatest Remix winner Lucia, Most effective Visuals winner Urbanity, and Very best Adaptation winner To And Yet again. Currently, we’re taking a closer seem at the winner of the Greatest Deep Cut category: The Pigeon Wager by Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games.

Jason Morningstar appears to have a knack for Deep Slice video games: very last calendar year he handily snagged the prize with The Obstruction System, and this year’s entry has when once more demonstrated why the classification is just one of our favorites. The Pigeon Wager usually takes its inspiration from “The Armed service Use Of The Homing Pigeon”, an article revealed in a 1927 challenge of an ornithology quarterly. On this humble basis, the video game builds a stay-motion roleplaying training comprehensive of drama and creativeness.

The location is a pigeon club in Hoboken, the place 3 gamers take on the roles of 3 people awaiting the effects of a huge race. There is Januszewski, the biologist and club Secretary whose only curiosity is the birds, specifically since they support him take care of his lasting trauma from Planet War 1. Then there is Tully and Capotorti, the representatives of competing area gangs that have produced superior-stakes bets on the race about the long run of the city’s criminal business. The rigidity they produce in the area has pushed all the other fans away, and now all everyone can do is make tiny communicate while they hold out for stories of the pigeons’ progress.

Oh, and every single of the three has a gun.

Seasoned roleplayers could by now have a lot of cost-free-kind entertaining with just the introduction and character bios that lay all this out, but the recreation presents some really innovative scaffolding to give issues a little bit of composition. Key to it all is a 90-minute audio file that plays in the background all over a session. Most of it is period-acceptable songs taken from an archive of cylinder recordings, but these are punctuated by pigeon noises that instruct Januszewski to draw a card from a compact deck of functions, and update the official log of the race’s development. Inevitably, this culminates in a random range of the winning pigeon and (possibly) guns staying drawn.

The recreation also consists of a few of newspaper internet pages for players to print out, populated with genuine snippets from a 1927 archive. These provide as inspiration for the tense dialogue that usually takes place when every person waits for the race’s final results. As for what else takes place in the sport, well, that’s up to the players! The game presents a predicament that is at when wholly immersive and straightforward: gamers only have to examine a relatively limited bio, and every single purpose is easily recognized, even for an inexperienced roleplayer, by sticking to just a few of crucial points. For as soon as again spinning very simple and very easily-neglected supply product into a certainly distinctive piece of activity layout, The Pigeon Wager couldn’t be extra deserving of Finest Deep Minimize.

Congratulations to Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games for the win! You can get every little thing you need to have to play The Pigeon Wager on Itch, in addition really do not overlook to verify out the other winners as nicely as the a lot of fantastic entries that did not fairly make the slice! We’ll be back next 7 days with a further winner spotlight.

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