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A while back I posted about our old pal Kyosuke who made an EarthBound-themed card game for teaching English to Japanese schoolkids. Well, he’s also since come up with a board game (or more accurately a series of board games) centered around Onett. From his blog post:
Well, here’s a picture of the Onett board game that I made for my students to play in class! It’s actually only a first edition. I’ve made improvements by adding in a lot of EarthBound characters hidden in all kinds of different spots so when the kids play, they can try to find all the Mr. Saturns, Possessors, Magic Butterflies, etc. But I don’t have that version printed out yet.
The rules of the game are you have to go find food in all of the trash cans. The trash cans are numbered, so once you land on one, you go to where the teacher is and ask them if you can look in the trash can of the number you landed on. Then after you pull a food card out of the trash can (the cans are actually big flashcards on the board with food cards behind them). Then before you go back to your seat, you have to say the food in English to the teacher and the teacher will ask you something like “Do you like ____?” Then you have to answer “Yes, I do” or “No, I don’t”. During the game, if you run into another player, you can do “rock, scissors, paper” to try to steal one of their food cards. But if you lose, you have to give one of yours to them. The person with the most different kinds of food cards at the end wins.
I have another version of the game where the kids have to solve a crime. They are told that the crime took place at a certain place in Onett. I changed some of the places names to be better for English learning. The kids then are shown a list of possible suspects (EarthBound characters) and are told to find out who they think committed the crime. The kids then have to go around searching in trash cans for evidence that connects certain characters to certain places in Onett. I’m still working on it though.
You can also play the crime solving game version while practicing telling directions. That’s why I have all the stop signs moved around in a more realistic fashion. This way, kids have to stop at the intersections. The kids will play in pairs and have to tell each other which way to go to the next place they want to search for evidence for.
The picture is only one version of the game, but I hope it gives a good idea of what it’s like. Oh, and the blue blocks on the board are places you can’t steal from other players.
That sounds really creative and cool. It’d be neat to try this with other languages maybe! Someone get on it!
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- DJ: From what I’ve gathered I’m pretty sure he still writes copy, so they’re an ad company.
- cosmodos: What does his company even do? Is it actually lucrative? From what I can gather (not knowing Japanese), it’s just his blog, and he...
- Jason: http://www.ipokiso.com/company /2017/hobonichi.html The anticipated price per share is 2,300 yen. As for those wishing to purchase a share...
- Leeaux: Hey I just saw this! Really interesting watch to. Lots of little fun facts.
- Mary: The “behind the scenes” video on how the Ness animation was made is great too. The animators channel is A + Start.