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Watch the Skies – A pervasive game of Alien Invasion

Watch the Skies – A pervasive game of Alien Invasion

As a lover of pervasive games, when I heard about Watch the Skies coming to Preston, I was quick to put together a team so we could see what it was all about. Interestingly, we put our team together first, and then decided to see exactly what we had got ourselves in for, and it’s actually quite hard to find information on these games!

First up, Watch the Skies is developed by Megagame Makers;

A Megagame is a multi-player game, in which, usually the participants are organised into teams, and those teams into an hierarchy of teams.

Our event is going to be run by Dice & Donuts, a new gaming cafe in Preston, so we’re happy that the event is organised by a bunch of gaming geeks, as this is always a good start….

For our research, we have been checking out the official Watch the Skies site, which explains that the game revolves around the premise of aliens visiting earth, you don’t know if they are hostile or not, and it’s how you as humanity deal with this that determines the course of the game.

We also watched the Shut Up & Sit Down video, where the team delve into the world of Watch the Skies, and seem to spend most of their time bumbling around, not quite sure what they should be doing, or what’s goingΒ . We suspect that this will be quite similar to us next weekend, as although we understand the concept of the game, I’m struggling to locate any specifics for the game play and rules themselves.

This video helped a little;

As of now, we know that we will be playing as team Saudi Arabia. I know what our National Resources are, but I don’t know what this means. I also know what our objectives are, but I have no idea how we get there.

Right now our biggest decision is whether or not to turn up with tea towels on our heads. Regardless of this, we have our Slack channel ready, and I’m pretty damn sure we’re going to have a lot of fun, so stay tuned, and after next weekend, we’ll let you know how we get on!

Have you played Watch the Skies before? Feel free to comment with your tips πŸ˜‰

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4 thoughts on “Watch the Skies – A pervasive game of Alien Invasion”

  • Yes, I played in the original (videoed) Watch the Skies and I have been playing, running and around Megagames for a long while. My best advice is to get out of the mindset that looks for rules.

    There are rules, of course, but think about what the country of Saudi Arabia wants to do first, then go looking for the rules. Certainly read the briefing beforehand to get the feel for the important aspects, then just relax into the roles and enjoy.

    You will have a great deal of fun, you will feel exhausted and you will not be able to explain to others what it is about except to say “you really have to experience it”.

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