One thing I’d like to do with Shape Up! is to not have any text on the cards. Partly to allow people who don’t read English to play it, and partly because it seems that it should be possible to present a pretty abstract game like this more elegantly without text.
I’ve found it surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly) difficult. Take a look at this:
The textless version on the left is supposed to convey the same information as the current version on the right (except reds rather than blues). It’s not clear to me that it (a) does so, and (b) doesn’t look horrible. I’m having real difficulty with communicating eg the concept of ‘reds, but they might be star, triangle or square, and they might be hollow or solid’ in an iconic image.
(Star has replaced circle as one of the three shapes, if you remember that from earlier versions.)
I guess it doesn’t really matter, because the game is playable as is, and the scoring is fairly clear if you read the rules and see the examples therein. But I have a nagging feeling that there is a good illustration out there, and I just haven’t found it yet. Any ideas?