How to be a tree in 1 hour #BCM325

Mai Dang

In the 2 weeks of experiencing playtime in BCM325, one boardgame stood out to me the most as one of the smoothest, most aesthetic, and most fun gaming experiences I have had: Photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis is an abstract strategy,euro game for 2 – 4 people, where each player plant and shape a communal forest through cultivating seeds and planning one’s own strategy to gain the most space. The players will take their trees through a life-cycle, from seedling to full bloom to rebirth, and earn points as their leaves collect energy from the revolving sun’s rays.

The game is developed and distributed through BlueOrange, an LA-based company known for its commitment to environmental responsibility (Wiki) Consequently, Photosynthesis reflects its producer’s value through its theme of forest-growing to its material of recycled cardboard. Its designer, Hjalmar Hach, is an Italian music-major turned game designer. And though Photosynthesis was…

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