GDC contest winner buries game in the desert, invites you to find it

By on April 5, 2013, 8:00 AM

The winner of the Game Design Challenge at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco is taking his board game one step further by burying it in the Nevada desert. Jason Rohrer created A Game for Someone as part of a challenge called Humanity’s Last Game with the intent of someone playing it more than 2,000 years in the future.

True to the contest, Rohrer used about 30 pounds of titanium to create the 18x18-inch game board as well as the game pieces. But perhaps even more interesting than the game itself is the level of secrecy surrounding it.

The game was tested in video game format but even the creator has yet to play it. Furthermore, he didn’t elaborate at all on how it’s even played. What he did was print up a set of instructions on acid-free paper, sealed them in a Pyrex tube and inserted that into a titanium contraption for safe keeping.

Rohrer then buried the game at a secret location in the Nevada desert, although he kept a record of the GPS coordinates. From there, he printed out a list of 1 million GPS locations in the desert and handed them to fellow GDC conference attendees. The way he sees it, if one location is visited each day using a metal detector, the game will be found within the next million days – or roughly 2,700 years.

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2 people like this | fimbles fimbles said:

Digging a million holes in the nevada desert will turn up a lot more than a board game if the movie casino has any truth to it.

Cueto_99 said:

LOL! And once you find it, and start it, it will say: "you need an active internet connection to play this game" then a message will pop up saying "the server is on maintenance, thank you for your patience"

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Let the game begin...

Guest said:

"The way he sees it, if one location is visited each day using a metal detector, the game will be found within the next million days - or roughly 2,700 years"

-it would be funny if someone were to guess correctly on their first try.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

What's the sense of it?

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

What's the sense of it?

whats the sense of a time capsule? Yet, my elementary teacher made us all make one, and dig it up at the end of the year. Was fun and interesting... granted that was still a very short amount of time...

Funny though, if this isnt found in the next 100 years, people will forget all about it.... most likely, none of us will hear anything about it again! lol

Tygerstrike said:

I bet some million years in the future someone is going to find this and claim aliens built it and buried it.

JC713 JC713 said:

Some jokester lol.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Was it buried on April first?

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