I DO NOT SUPPORT OR AM AFFILIATED WITH THE BPD. I STAND WITH THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND TO DEFUND AND ABOLISH THE POLICE TO ENACT GREATER SOCIAL REFORM AND RACIAL EQUITY.
I worked on this project to finish my college degree and my teammates and I worked hard to make sure it would not perpetuate or lead to socializing cops to racial profile or abuse their power. Without the relation to the BPD, this game is about learning Baltimore’s history and landmarks and is designed as such from the ground up.
Baltimore’s police dispatch computer has been hacked!
It’s up to you to decode a series of mysterious messages to reboot the computer! Will you run out of time, or will your puzzle-solving skills and quick research be enough to save the day?
The game centers around solving sets of pictogram puzzles that are based upon Baltimore’s history and culture. Players work together to research answers and come up with solutions before time runs out. They then reveal the answers on the back of each card by using the decoder card or the Dispatch helper app.
I worked on this game as apart of a team of students working with the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Innovation and the Baltimore Police Department to help with community relations to focus on team building and critical thinking. I helped in initial research and interviews, running playtests and fielding feedback with officers and students and researching Baltimore history for puzzles.
The game is available for Print n’ Play, as well as a How-To Video (starring me) and an App to help run it. These can be found at http://www.d15p47ch.com
You can find more information, pictures, and videos of the game in play at an event on the MICA Game Lab website