Last night I dreamed that I was playing a boardgame, invented by my unconscious. This is not unusual (for me, anyway) — what normally happens is you wake up excited by having unwittingly designed a new game, run through it in your head, and realize that actually either it’s rubbish or else it’s based on some existing game. A rare exception for me is Nice One Squirrel, as played by some of you, which does more or less work as a game but is unfortunately pretty dull to play. And even in that, in the original version you were playing cuckoos laying eggs in nests rather than squirrels burying nuts, until I realized that that didn’t make any sense at all.
Anyway, to get back to the point, last night’s game I think had some potential. It was called “Louis Louis”, with the players being petitioners to the court of Louis XIV of France. There are various ministers, mistresses etc who have the ear of the King, and you the players are bidding to take control of these so they can present your various projects for his approval. The idea is that you win by getting the particular projects approved that will score you more VPs than the other players, but it’s complicated by the courtiers falling into and out of the King’s favour, other players taking control of them off you, etc. I guess it’s a Knizia-like game of bidding to assemble a portfolio while having to cash in intermediate parts of the portfolio to make your bids — although that aspect of the mechanism, ie. the link between what you were winning and what you were bidding with, was not apparent to me in the dream.
Does anyone know of a game like this that exists already? It seems to me that it was likely inspired by that excellent film Ridicule, but I suppose there are also En Garde-reminiscent aspects to it.
And do you ever dream up games? And are they any good?