It's late afternoon in Culver City and a small group of IndieCade attendees are sitting around a table, tiny treasure chests in front of us. Our palms are clasped shut. We may or may not be holding coins inside them. We are wearing our best poker faces as we try to discern who might have slighted whom. Did the Captain secure us a large booty? Did Smee betray the Captain? Can the crew pull off a successful mutiny?
Liz Ohanesian Greg Snyder shows off pirate adventure game Mr. Smee.
The game goes by quickly. With each round, new people vie for the role of Captain as they give impassioned speeches filled with dreams of gold. Players bribe each other for votes. Captains spin yarns about their greatest triumphs. Sometimes, crews mutiny. Sometimes, the Captain and Smee fall in defeat.
Every October, IndieCade takes over downtown Culver City for a few days of independent gaming. Video games dominate here, but there's more to the festival than that. In between the crowds waiting for a chance to demo the latest electronic adventures, there are small groups playing with cards and dice and other old fashioned gear.More »