12 Paris Museums have put their collections online. You can see them here.
“Here are some options for people who might not normally play games. I will try to keep them lo-fi, free (or very cheap) and accessible (and I will add more as I think of them)”
Required: an imagination, one person willing to run the game
Preferred: a microphone, a rulebook
Dungeons and Dragons is a group storytelling game where you conceive of, create and act out a single character. If that sounds scary there is no reason you couldn’t base your character on another fictional (or historical, or etc) person. All of the players each acts out their own character, and with the help of a few dice rolls creates a story together in a world with one individual called the “Game Master” (kind of like a referee/supporting cast/lead writer/group therapist). There could be monsters to slay, criminals to track down, or mustachioed dudes who definitely were not secretly the villain all along.
D&D can be played online for free at places like roll20.net and there are places where complete strangers try to group up and play like https://www.reddit.com/r/lfg/. Much better with a microphone, but you could also try to find whats called a ‘play by post’ which is a purely written form of playing the game.
You are a blob. You blob about and try to blob other blobs to be the biggest blob. Also you can blob with friends!
As above but with snakes. Like the old nokia phone game. Still pretty simple but slightly more to this one.
Required: a smart phone
Preferred: 1 person willing to spend some €/£/$
Subterfuge is a kind of strategy game. Its also a sort of social wargame. You grab territory, mine resources and fling flotillas of submarines at your neighbors. The thing is doing anything in Subterfuge takes ages. Actual hours. So you check your phone a few times a day, see what’s going on, and maybe ask your neighbour, “hey, where are those subs going? Maybe lets be cool yeah? If we start fighting that’s going to be really good for Kelly”. Meanwhile you message Kelly “Lets team up, I think we could take him”. You get the idea.
The game plays out for about a week and I have heard it can get sort of Game of Thrones-esque in the wheeling, dealing and backstabbing. Chaos is a ladder and all that. So maybe not one for everyone.
Its pictionary. Draw the thing. Everyone else tries to guess the thing. Tried, true and proven. Better with a microphone (everything is better with a microphone).
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Required: €/£/$ (about £10 in my region), a microphone
Preferred: Nerves of steel
This one is a true co-operative game. One person sees only the bomb. Everyone else sees only the instructions on how to disarm the bomb. You have to work together to do just that under a time limit. A simple concept, and very fun. Basically requires a microphone though.
You can get free ebooks online from your local library.
Even if the libraries close, you can access e-books and e-magazines for free in D&G from the library service (need to be a member, free to join, so do that bit now!)
Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world..
Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch.
if you want to read or post poetry here please do….
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