"We're all born a Witch. We're all born into magic. It's taken from us as we grow up." - Madeline L'EngleThe full pageant brief is here. I'm looking forward to seeing all the new games people will be making!
magic has been incorporated into games for decades. but it's most often in a way that borrows from the tabletop games like dungeons & dragons -- as just another means of inflicting damage. magic in videogames is both spectacular and mundane. fireballs are boring.
magic is the power to change our circumstances, to invoke the world we want to inhabit. magic is a little evening ritual, the charms we carry to protect us, the spaces and times we invest with meaning. magic is a response to the destructive, crushing weight of oppression. magic is spectacular and mundane, but not in the way it's depicted in games.
make a game about magic that veers away from the usual treatments of magic in games.