this one came from tom scott's wonderful newsletter, here's some map men talking about inverting your thoughts when it comes to which way is up:
Map Your Home
A downloadable game
This is a game where you make where you live strange to yourself by mapping everything that is not man-made. If it no longer looks how you are used to seeing it, what might you learn about the place you live?
- the article 'searching for a place to call home': https://wellcomecollection.org/articles/YC08FBUAACgAdb-i
- learning that a friend had been to a park I visited often as a kid, and I could describe places in it that they also knew about
- my childhood library
- my favorite Public Policy class in undergrad; and how maps are inherently political, as they are an abstraction of what the maker thinks of the world around them
I wanted to crank out something quick n messy - partially to have it out of my head and partially to finish something and partially to learn Affinity Publisher! Created for the Pleasure-not-Business Card RPG Jam. Special thanks to Speak the Sky and all my neighborhood cats
Note: this game was created by an American. I’m working to decolonize all of my work, and this game doesn’t make sense without that framework in mind. If you notice something amiss, please let me know. I have much to learn.
Additionally, if you play this game, I would love to see your map! If you'd like to share, drop it in the comments or tweet at me @kazoobeast
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Ooh! Lovely. Just shared this with all of the upper elementary teachers at my two schools, as an interesting class exercise when looking at maps and cartography.
This is such a cool idea! I've been going on daily walks with my partner for a while, I'd love to play this game with them mapping out everything we walk by.
I love this idea. I'm going to start mapping my surroundings this weekend