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August 8, 2012 3 Comments
This is one of my favorite games. I like to build these maps using the cards I designed in 2001. I must have built hundreds of suburban developments by now, but I have never posted enough photos to give a clear idea of what this free card game is really like.
At first, it may appear that this is a place with the sort of street names you might see anywhere.
This meandering road whose name changes every few blocks seems like a metaphor for someone’s life, but in which direction?
The restless dreams of youth might be soothed with some pizza after school. Bet you can walk to Cyan-R-Us if you cut through the parking lots.
And by walking through Sprawlmart, you can get up into that neighborhood with the bridge, whereas in a car you have to go the long way around. (Sprawlmart is a double dead-end; those are two parking lots, not an underpass.)
(I realize these are not the most perfect photos I could have taken. They show what a real layout that you build on your carpet out of tiles printed on ordinary cardstock, with a window fan blowing in the room, looks like, lit by an ordinary overhead light. I took the photos with my iPad, trying not to cast its shadow or mine over the terrain. My limited success actually plays up the feeling of confusion I often have about Rambling Sprawl Estates–is it a map or an aerial view?–by adding some shadows like the ones we see in satellite photos. My iPad and I are clouds….)