Like many people who love New York City, Tim Hwang wanted to know what it would be like to play Robert Moses.
Hwang, the busiest man on the internet and a fellow at Data & Society, established a competition that asks game designers to turn The Power Broker, Robert Caro’s inimitable biography of vigorous builder and ruthless urban planner Robert Moses, into “a playable, interactive form that preserves the flavor and themes of the written work, while leveraging the unique opportunities the game medium provides.”
In a Medium post, Hwang asked that entrants do some background reading on the Master Builder in preperation for submissions in a video game and a tabletop game category, with games evaluated by a panel eight judges.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Triborough: The Card Game
Tabletop Games: “Right of Way”
Video Games: “Good Authority”
Eddie Cameron and Robert Yang
Joe Steinworth, Liz Winters, Matthew Schoolfield, Eric Jedraszczak, and Liz Steinworth
“Legacy: Urban Canvas”
Frank DiCola and Chris Diggins
“Moses vs. Moses”
Heather Smith, Audrey Nieh, Anna Muessig
Rudy Letsche, Bruce Hancock, and Zachary Gong
“Brand New Subway”