On the Shoulders of Giants

On the Shoulders of Giants is a tabletop game with the purpose of increasing students’ knowledge and confidence for performing literature reviews.

On the Shoulders of Giants
On the Shoulders of Giants

It forms part of action research in the use of serious games within learning and teaching. In this particular case, the game has been modified (‘modded’) from an existing commercial game: Meeple Circus.

Publication is forthcoming for a research paper about rigorously modding tabletop games for education (and this game in particular). Please watch this space for further updates.

The game itself will be freely available from this page to download and use with your own copy of Meeple Circus, as soon as evaluation and graphic design are complete.

Further research:

PDF containing the full game rules for On the Shoulders of Giants:  full-rules

Gameplay loops:

For much more context about this research a research paper is forthcoming. However, here are three analyses of commercially-available tabletop games that were undertaken as part of the design process, followed by the gameplay loop analysis of the finished game itself.

Gameplay loop analysis of Best Treehouse Eve
Gameplay loop analysis of Best Treehouse Ever
Gameplay loop analysis of Blueprints
Gameplay loop analysis of Blueprints
Gameplay loop analysis of Meeple Circus
Gameplay loop analysis of Meeple Circus

 

Gameplay loop analysis of On the Shoulders of Giants
Gameplay loop analysis of On the Shoulders of Giants