D.I.Y.SPY is a comedy improvisation storytelling game where you cooperatively work with found objects from your pockets, house, office, or yard.
To tell stories about how you worked with actual found objects to make spy gadgets for your missions.
2-9 players (Ideal = 6 players)
20mins to 1.5hours (depending on player numbers & play version)
Comments by Cardboard Edison judges:
— “The props mechanic is very clever.”
— “This certainly stands out from other improv games, especially through its scenario cards and use of props.”
— “The use of physical objects in an improv board game is something I have not seen before and will make for replayability.”
PLACE PLAY MODE
Pocket Play: Play with objects on your person & immediately around you.
Room Play: Play with objects from rooms in your house or office.
Remote Play: Play with objects from rooms in your house or office, with other players via videochat/zoom.
Stage Play: Play with objects you bring in (from home or bought), and/or with objects from your improv show audience.
Writing Play: Pocket Play but by yourself or with others as a writing prompt exercise. You do not play as teams.
GADGET PLAY MODE
Story Mode: This is the default mode. Tell stories about how you made the gadgets from the objects.
Craft Mode: Tell stories inspired by the objects AND try to build the gadget from the objects using binding agents like tape and string.
Organised Play Mode: Craft Play but with everyday objects from second-hand or discount stores, so players (or audience) can take home the D.I.Y. gadgets.
CARD GAME COMPONENTS
5 Spy Cards
1 Beginning Card
15 Enter Mission Cards
15 Retrieve Mission Cards
15 Item Cards
15 Leave Mission Cards
30 Gadget Cards
15 Place Cards
15 Whoopsie Cards
15 Mission Complete? Cards
15 Debrief Cards
(156 Tarot Cards)
Found Object & Card Randomisers
Shared Goals & Resources