Westernia is a proof of concept generated in one week for Resist Jam. #ResistJam is an online game jam about creating games that resist oppressive authoritarianism in all its forms.
People refer to their countries with the metaphor of the house. Houses are vertical buildings so it makes sense for us to use the floors as representation of the social stratification. Following this idea and extending to a condominium, we can apply the idea of governing a country to the building management: making decisions affect the inhabitants’ quality of life.
So, here we are: a condo as metaphor of society. A building as a micro-cosm and you are the manager. You will make decisions by taking (or not) into account tenants’ needs (population) and the property owner requests (stakeholders). Each decision will directly affect the different social classes (some may like a reform while another not!). The whole set of decisions rates the ‘authoritarian rate’ of the building manager/governor.
If you want to learn more about Westernia, you can read this article about our brainstorming session.
Been entirely made in one week, Westernia suffered many limitations. We are planning to to add more mechanics, extend the story and polish the graphic style. Stay tuned!