Have you ever considered becoming a game developer, then realised you don’t have the time, money or any actual idea how game development works? Creative Differences aims to change that, by giving you the opportunity to live out your developer fantasies in a simple and competitive manner. Creative Differences is a card game for 2-4 players where you and your friends take on the roles of development studios, then employ designers, artists and programmers to make the best game you can.
Each player takes control of one of four studios and competes to produce the greatest game of the year. To achieve this, players begin by fighting over the best talent. Once the dev team is sorted, idea cards are played to increase the chances of the talent pushing their creativity on the final product. When a player gets five of their employees’ ideas into the game, each player reveals their final product and the winner is calculated by the number of victory points and milestones reached. Creative Differences is easy to learn and requires minimal setup time. One round can run from 15 to 30 minutes.
Each deck includes 92 employee cards, 19 milestone cards, 4 studio cards, 2 dice and a rule sheet. A free companion app is also available as a tool for quickly keeping score.
The Creative Differences team are currently campaigning via Kickstarter where they’re close to reaching their funding goal. Pledging £12 or $17 will get you a copy of the game shipped anywhere in the world. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, pledging £4 or $6 will give you access to a PDF copy of the game for you to print at home. Another very cool reward tier will see a pixelated version of you and your name designed and included in every printed version of the game. This tier will set you back £25 or $36.
You can learn more about Creative Differences and view the complete rule sheet here.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane