A Dive into the World of Games

Preserving Virtual Worlds 2 is an ongoing project funded by the IMLS that builds on previous work of the Preserving Virtual Worlds project. Within the diverse group of research partners, including University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland and Stanford University have partnered to review Harpoon, a pen and paper tabletop game designed by Larry Bond in 1981 (later digitized). In an effort to dig into the game, the team is navigating through hundreds of documents, spreadsheets, design sketches, and playtest reports outlining each aspect of the game’s creation.