Distraction Designer Notes

The Story of Distraction

Do you have kids? If so, have you ever asked them to do a list of things and had them forget the list halfway through? For some reason, that drives me crazy.

One day, as we were driving in the car, I thought I'd issue a challenge to them, get them to take some ownership of their memory.

“Okay,” I said as I drove. “I'm going to say a number, then you repeat it and say another one. I'll repeat the list and add another. We'll go back and forth until someone messes up.”

They were immediately on board with the idea, and we started playing.

I expected they'd get to three or four numbers, and then I could give my lecture about remembering things.

Instead, they crushed me.

The next time, I started to cheat. Before they said their list of numbers, I'd ask them a question. Of course, they started asking me questions also.

Suddenly, we had a game that was both challenging and fun. There's something funny about trying to remember a list of numbers while you're answering some completely random question.

I immediately set to work trying to convert this impromptu game into a card game. Once it was done, I pitched it to Tanya at ThinkFun.

The rest, as they say, is history. Except it really isn't. I can't take sole credit for this design. Once ThinkFun picked it up, it became a collaborative effort, and it's a much better game for it!

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