The ugly head of Christmas presents reared it's ugly head this weekend. I'm crap at them...'nuff said. I rarely, if ever, buy things for friends, mainly as the friends I have buy themselves everything they could ever need (and I'm looking at everyone here as part of that). Your ideal present is something uniquely tailored to the person, which is nigh impossible. I suspect that everyone here feels very much the same.
So I had a thought. A collaborative present, which would cost very little per head, and might actually be a bit of a laugh. There are a number of simple, core concepts;
1) Find a generic collectible card game set of rules and templates, or (if forced to) make one up. We could even use Top Trumps concepts if need be, though that would limit us to people only, which may be a little tricky.
2) Everyone commits to making x number of card for this, using templates. The cards are based on ourselves, our gaming/PC alter-egos, environments, hobbies, general menatalities etc etc. Depending on the number who get involved you would have to come up with 5-10 cards (more people = less cards each)
3) Have your cards printed off at www.moo.com as business cards, so you have enough copies of each card for everyone involved to get one set. Overall cost = Â£11
4) We swap sets for christmas. Everyone ends up with a unique set of 50 cards relating to us, with the added bonus it can be played against other people from here (and Fishcon is just after Christmas).
I'd like to think this would be hilarious, and a decent mix of cards could be done by adding simple guidelines to the cards you create, for example, assuming we use a CCG model;
1 - yourself :-)
2 - an action/spell/effect
3 - an environment
4 - an item/equippable
5 + - your choice (so other characters/pets/places/items etc etc).
If you were feeling particularly productive you could even make a unique card for each person, thus tailoring their deck to suit them. To make a card you would simply need to hunt down, or take, a photo for each card, and then make up some rules for it, before adding them to the template.
I've had a look around and there is a system called UFS, but the card template graphic is fairly complex. I was thinking possibly something along the lines of Race For The Galaxy, which has simple iconographs, however you'd need a little bit of tweaking to add in people (have them as planets, and other items are developments?). I think it would be easier to take an existing system, as then there is no discussion needed for categories, and instead its all down to the fun of coming up with your own cards! the added fun is when we finally get to see everyone elses cards, and how workable/unworkable the entire thing is as a game...
1) Does anyone think its a good idea?
2) If the answer to (1) is yes, are you will ing to get in on the act, and commit to coming up with some cards for Christmas?
The Happy, Jolly Christmas Fairy