The My Circus My Monkeys box includes, apart from the cards themselves, a booklet containing suggested gameplay, and a journal for recording experiences and thoughts, for use in reflection and ongoing conversations.
The cards can be used solo, in pairs, or in groups, and we suggest simple steps for creating gameplay in different contexts. For example, cards may be laid out …
- In a line, time-focused, with the content of the first card ‘leading into’ the next, and in this way creating a story
- In a horse shoe, an ‘arch’ of topics arranged over a key card, the key focus of the conversation, showing influences and resonances
- In layers or series, where, say one card is covered by (restricted by) a second, and ‘redeemed’ by a third
- In a circular spread, where each card is related to its neighbours to create a holistic ‘at a glance’ view of the situation
In all cases, the gameplay can take place with players consciously choosing and arranging certain cards, and/or introducing an element of chance (which is where the ‘Not Knowing’ cards come into their own). Card spreads might be used for self reflection, and/or for ‘breaking the ice’ and storytelling to a friend or to a group, and/or inspiring futures-focused conversations about what we can actually do about a concern or an opportunity.
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