Sleight (A Card Game)

During my group and I’s meeting (in which we were working on our presentation on Chris Goode) we took a short break and began to talk about Yu-Gi-Oh! – a trading card game that revolves around battling monsters with varying cards. This reminded my time on holiday, as the first time I ever purchased some Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and began playing the game was in Menorca. Later that night, I decided to download the Yu-Gi-Oh! app on my iPhone and relive some old memories of playing as a child. From this, I began to think about creating my own card game. Whilst it would be in some ways like Yu-Gi-Oh! I would not want to copy it.

Below is some information that I created for the game:

Game name: Sleight

Players: 2

Requirements: 2 different coloured/patterned deck of cards

Rules:

Players take it in turns to attack and defend. The goal of the game is to reduce the opponents HP to zero whilst defending themselves. The starting HP values will be decided by the players, but it is recommended that the starting HP is no lower than sixty. Each player has thirty cards in their deck, consisting of three of each numbered card (Ace-10). Aces are valued as a 1.

The player starts with five cards in their hand which are drawn from the top of the respective player’s deck. The cards should be shuffled.

The first player to attack is decided by flipping a coin. Damage is inflicted to a player when the attacker’s score is higher than the defender’s score:

Attacker’s score – Defender’s score = Damage dealt

The attacker must lay their cards down first (face down). The defender then lays down their cards (vertically if defending, horizontally if deflecting). Both players reveal their cards and calculate the outcome. Used cards are either placed at the bottom of the deck or in the ‘Grave’ pile.

At the end of each turn (when the player roles switch) both players draw a single card from their deck unless they already have a full hand (five cards). If the defender’s score is higher, they will receive no damage. If the attacker’s score is higher than the defender’s ‘Deflect’ score, the full amount of damage is dealt. If the defender’s ‘Deflect’ score is higher, no damage is received and the attacker’s cards ‘Break’.

Below are the options the attacker and defender have when making their move in more detail.

Attacker:

  1. Attack- A basic attack consisting of one to three cards. The attack value is the sum of all the cards. For example, putting down a 4, a 5 and a 6 would result in an attack score of 15.

When only using one card:

  • If the attacker beats the defenders score, the card is returned to the bottom of the player’s deck. If the defender beats the attackers score, the card is sent to the ‘Grave’ pile. If the defender uses ‘Deflect’ and ‘Breaks’ the attackers card, it is placed into the ‘Grave’ pile.

When using two or three cards:

  • If the attacker beats the defenders score, the cards are returned to the bottom of the player’s deck. If the defender beats the attackers score, the highest value card is move to the ‘Grave’ pile. If the defender uses ‘Deflect’ and ‘Breaks’ the attacker’s cards, all cards are placed into the ‘Grave’ pile.
  1. Sleight- If a player has three of the same card, for example three 5s, they can perform a ‘Sleight’. A ‘Sleight’ is a powerful attack that always results in an attack score of 40 regardless of the cards that are used to activate it.
  2. Revive- The player does not attack but instead ‘Revives’ all cards from the ‘Grave’ pile and returns them to the bottom of the player’s deck. If the attacker uses this move, the defender will automatically ‘Restock’ their cards. If there are no cards to ‘Revive’, the attacker cannot use this move.

Defender:

  1. Defend- A basic defence move consisting of one to three cards. The defence value is the sum of all the cards. For example, putting down a 3, a 4 and a 5 would result in a defence score of 12. A defender can use a ‘Sleight’ whilst defending resulting in a defence score of 40.

When only using one card:

  • If the defender’s score is higher than the attacker’s score, the card is returned to the bottom of the player’s deck. If the attacker’s score is higher than the defender’s score, the card is sent to the ‘Grave’ pile.

When using two or three cards:

  • If the defender’s score is higher than the attacker’s score, all cards are returned to the bottom of the player’s deck. If the attacker’s score is higher than the defender’s score, the highest card is sent to the ‘Grave’ pile.
  1. Deflect- An advanced defence move consisting of one to three cards. The deflect score is the sum of all the cards. If the defenders deflect score is higher than the attacker’s score, then no damage is dealt and the cards ‘Break’ (sending all the attacker’s cards into the ‘Grave’ pile). If the defenders deflect score is lower than the attacker’s score, then the full amount of damage is dealt. If the Deflect score and the attacker’s score are equal then half damage is dealt (if this results in a decimal number, the damage is rounded up). Using an Ace whilst deflecting will instantly destroy the attacker’s hand regardless of its score (including Sleights).

When only using one card:

  • If the defenders deflect score is higher than the attacker’s score, the card is returned to the bottom of the player’s deck. If the attacker’s score is higher than the defenders deflect score, the card is sent to the ‘Grave’ pile. If the Deflect score and the attacker’s score are equal then half damage is dealt (if this results in a decimal number, the damage is rounded up).

When using two or three cards:

  • If the defenders deflect score is higher than the attacker’s score, all cards are returned to the bottom of the player’s deck. If the attacker’s score is higher than the defenders deflect score, the highest card is sent to the ‘Grave’ pile. If the Deflect score and the attacker’s score are equal then half damage is dealt (if this results in a decimal number, the damage is rounded up).

When a ‘Deflect’ is successful, the opponents card(s) ‘Break’. This sends all the attacker’s cards into the ‘Grave’ pile. Additionally, in the following turn the player whose cards were broken receives double damage. For example, if the attacking player (player 1) lays a score of 15 but the defending player (player 2) lays a deflecting score of 18, the attacker’s cards will ‘Break’. In the following turn, player 2’s attack is doubled. If player 2 were to lay a score of 10, it would double to 20. This applies to ‘Sleights’- meaning the highest amount of damage that can be dealt is 80HP.

  1. Restock- The player does not defend but instead restocks their hand so that they are holding five cards.

Equal Scores:

When only using one card:

  • In an instance when both player’s cards are equal, both are returned to the bottom of the respective player’s decks regardless of the outcome.

When using two or three cards:

  • In an instance when both players scores are equal, all cards are returned to the bottom of the respective player’s decks regardless of the outcome.

Sleight Dual- In an instance in which both the attacker and defender use a ‘Sleight’ the winner is determined by the highest sum of all three cards. For example, three 7s would beat three 5s. If the attacker wins, 40HP damage is dealt, if the defender wins no damage is dealt. If the defender was using the ‘Sleight’ as a ‘Deflect’ and wins the dual, the attacker’s cards ‘Break’. If the ‘Deflect’ loses however, 20HP damage is done. Whoever loses the ‘Sleight Dual’ has their card placed in the ‘Grave’ pile. The winner’s cards are placed at the bottom of their deck.

If a ‘Sleight’ is used after ‘Breaking’ the opponent’s cards and a ‘Sleight’ is also used by the defender, 40 damage is dealt.

Happy dueling!

A Memory of Music

Whilst printing off this week’s reading, I had a sudden burst of memories – a moment I can’t quite confirm why it happened. I thought back to the car journeys my dad and I have had in Menorca, the heat, the relief from walking, the refreshing water that managed to stay cool despite the car being hotter than the sun. But most of all, I remembered the music - to be precise Kiss FM. Though we have Kiss FM over here in the UK, I have never seen it in the same way. It is as if the Spanish version of the radio simply has a taste in music that is in line with my own.  I can’t recall a holiday to Menorca in which Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger hasn’t been played. Whether that be in a restaurant, in the car, even in karaoke (not a particularly good rendition from my memory). Great songs simply permeate the radio in Spain. 

It is these car journeys too that have informed and added to my taste in music. Classics like Toto’s Africa, A-ha’s Take On Me (which has a technologically amazing music video for it’s time) and of course The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go. Even hearing these songs multiple times in a single holiday, they never become tiresome- perhaps it is the relaxing atmosphere, the open breeze or maybe even the relief from walking that has made these songs so memorable and important to me.

Of course, I have listened to my ‘own music’ whilst on holiday but nothing can quite recreate hearing these songs on the radio whilst listening to Kiss FM.

As these songs are something I consider so important to my memories of Menorca, I may wish to incorporate them into my performance, perhaps having them playing whilst the audience walk in and around the space. In this instance, I would place a filter over the music that makes it feel more authentic to radio – a crackle, white noise and a lack of consistent quality. 

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A-ha, 1985. Take On Me. In: Hunting High and Low [Online]. Warner Bros [viewed 21st February 2017]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914

America, 1971. A Horse With No Name. In: America [Online]. Morgan Studios [viewed 21st February 2017]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSAJ0l4OBHM

Survivor, 1982. Eye of the Tiger. In: Eye of the Tiger [Online]. Scotti Brothers Records [viewed 21st February 2017]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btPJPFnesV4

The Clash, 1982. Should I Stay or Should I Go. In: Combat Rock [Online]. Epic [viewed 21st February 2017]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN1WwnEDWAM

 

 

Staging Practicalities

I began to consider the practicalities of staging my current idea of having the stage split into 3 sections. I primarily focused on how I would create the major set pieces for each memory.

To create the cliff edge, I will need Polystyrene and paint, placed over a set of rostra so that I can walk on them. The Martello tower will require a cylinder object covered in a dusty yellow colour wallpaper (as seen above).

For the swamp/marsh lands, I will require a small tub like object which will hold some murky water. Additionally, I will need to have a set of withered looking planks that stretch over the water like a bridge.

Furthermore, I will require a Rosetta coloured mud/wood type material to cover the floor of the final location. In order to create the wall, I will need a rostrum turned on its side covered with a pale white wallpaper that can be written on.

The purpose of accurately recreating the locations is important as I would like the audience to be transported into the memories alongside me rather than simply being told about what happened. This will allow the audience to have a more vivid experience of what occurred in each story.

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Abbott, M. (2011) San Del Xanso [Online]. Available at: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1BioSaVWrq8/TmZ-9emFogI/AAAAAAAAAW0/O65-7Pt3R7M/s1600/IMGP0288.JPG [Accessed 18 February 2017]

One Hour, One Street

As an experiment, I set up my phone facing out of my bedroom window recording a time lapse of the people and cars that walked/drove by. The recording took place between 1:30pm and 2:30pm on the 17th of February 2017. Below is the result of the hour footage recorded:

The question I ask is, does this constitute as art?

 

Stories About My Holidays

During our workshop, I started to think about how I could lay out my stage in a way that was representative of what I want to perform about. Before this workshop, I didn’t have any clear ideas in place as to what I would like to perform about- excluding my childhood. In this workshop we had to prepare a short story to tell to the rest of the class, so I decided to tell a story concerning a time in Menorca when I was 5 years old in which I almost fell off a cliff.  This story was told using techniques learnt from watching and reading about Spalding Gray. Despite the potential danger involved in the story, it is a moment in my life I remember vividly and fondly. 

Suddenly when I thought about how I could layout the stage, an idea came to me. As I really enjoyed telling my story to the class, I established an idea of telling multiple stories in a similar vain- based on my holidays in Menorca. There are 3 key stories I remember: traversing a swamp, a 2 hour walk leading to nothing and almost going over a cliff edge. All these stories involve an theme of danger and suspense which is why I think I remember them better than other memories. and  Similar to Spalding Gray’s techniques, I would keep theses stories truthful but lighthearted- involving a self-mocking attitude.

The stage would be divided into 3- one section for each story. I would have props and set that established the most important aspects of these memories. For example, the swamp would feature murky water and a thin plank- items which I think are crucial for accurately recreation of the story. I would also make use of props such as a camera and a cap into order to represent different characters i.e. my dad and brothers.

Above is an rough sketch I drew to establish to base idea for this divided stage. As I would speak about each section, I would want the audience to be free to move around the spaces- as if they are being transposed into the memory with me.

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Inspired by Spalding Gray’s use of the tape recorder, I would also want to incorporate images, videos and recordings of these memories that the audience would be free to look at whilst I told the different stories.

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Murfin, I. (2014) Swimming to Cambodia Tape [Online]. Available at: http://blog.hrc.utexas.edu/tag/spalding-gray/ [Accessed 10/02/17].