Copyright the Card Game: REBOOTED!

Jane and I are very excited to be playing copyright the card game at the CILIP Conference 2017 in Manchester. We’re not just excited because it gives us the chance to geek out about copyright with all of the lovely CILIP delegates, but also because this is the first unveiling of version 2 of the card game (for more on the history of the game, see here).

Copyright the Card Game v2.0

As you can see from the pictures, v2.0 comes with a complete redesign which addresses the feedback we’ve had over the last couple of years of playing it. People wanted us to make full use of colour in order to differentiate between cards and we now have a rather lovely palette selected by Jane (I’m red-green colourblind so I’m hopeless at that sort of thing). We have also added some new cards (hello ‘caricature, parody or pastiche’) and reviewed the wording based on suggestions from our learned and generous friends. Thanks especially to Charles Oppenheim, Tim Padfield, Monique Ritchie and Kate Vasili who shared their helpful comments allowing us to improve both legal accuracy and playability.

Another major influence in the redesign was Paul Bond who is the driving force behind the US version of the game. As a former graphic designer Paul had some great design ideas for his version that made us step up our game and make our cards look a bit smarter. Paul has recently had a lot of success with his version and we look forward to seeing more from him and the rest of the North American contingent. We are also grateful to Helen Pummell who teaches graphic design short courses at City, University of London also gave us some excellent advice on fonts, layout and colour palettes.

So back the UK version. The downloadable documents for v2.0 will be available soon and like the previous version, the game is available under a CC-BY-NC-SA licence. In due course we are planning on providing a developer kit and a teach kit as well as a resource for sharing scenarios experiences of playing the game. In the meantime please let us know what you think of the new version and we hope to see you out on the road.

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