In the world of video games, some of us are very, very happy to play a game that looks like a spreadsheet. Game designers, on the other hand, spend a lot of time designing systems inside spreadsheets. Alexander King, professor of game design at NYU Game Center, gave his students a mission: Create a prototype game that exists in a spreadsheet.
One of those projects, by design student Jordan Grayson, is Dividends & Decay: Accounting for the Damned, and it’s somewhere between a joke about my favorite genre of gaming and a real example of my genre of gaming. prefer. Describes it as: “Play as an undead accountant handling the evil spreadsheets of a necromancer!” “
[Dividends & Decay by Jordan Grayson @jrdngrysn]Play as an undead accountant managing a necromancer’s evil spreadsheets! Https: //t.co/XZGmKa7SmD pic.twitter.com/o8RU68E9Un22 December 2021
You can play the game for free by simply making a copy of a Google Sheet. In it, you balance the books of an ungodly army by dealing with log entries as they appear. Fight a battle? Balance the pounds to account for lost gear, then post arrival. Will Evil Overlord Provide Weapons For The Goblin Resistance? Deduct them from the totals. Steal potions from the elves? Add them to inventory, but remember we didn’t pay for them at all.
Make sure everything balances out at the end, of course.
It’s a weird little thing to do, and it’s just a prototype that doesn’t take a lot of time, but I was really amused by it. You can try Dividends & Decay via Jordan Grayson’s itch.io page.