Can Semi-Cooperative Games Work?
September 2, 2015 - 3:56pm
Cooperative games are games where everyone is working together to achieve a certain goal, and everyone wins or loses together. Competitive games are the opposite, where players are working by themselves to win. Semi-cooperative games lie somewhere in between - it's possible for all players to lose, but when the players win the game, one player wins more than the others. One problem with semi-cooperative games is that when someone knows they are going to lose, they can drag everyone else down so no one wins! Tom Jolly, designer of Wiz-War, blogs about his thoughts on making semi-cooperative games work (with a liberal definition of semi-cooperative). His ideas include:
- Making players unable to die, so they cannot purposely make everyone else lose
- Use a normal game with some short of sharing mechanic built in
- A player can leave the board mid-game and save his resources/score