From Ludocity
Designer: Holly Gramazio
Year: unknown
Players: 10 upward, ideally at least 25
Stuff required: One blank postcard for each player; art supplies; postage stamps; blutac or drawing pins.
Crew required: One.
Preparation: Ten minutes.
Time required: In the background for anything between an hour and a year.
Place required: A table and noticeboard indoors.
Activities: Drawing, writing.
This is a playable game - it's finished, tested and ready to play.
This game is made available under an Attribution-Noncommercial Creative Commons licence. (What does this mean?)

Fill someone else's commission for a tiny work of art, plant a seed for your own, and see what arrives in the post.

Organiser instructions

Set out a pile of blank postcards and art supplies on a table near a noticeboard. Stick a version of the Player Instructions up. You may also want to play the game a few times yourself (or at least seed it by writing a word on some of the blank postcards) to get things started and set expectations about how much work people should put into their postcards.

Once the game is over, take all the postcards down, stamp them, and send them.

Player instructions

You will find a noticeboard covered with postcards, some of which will be blank except for a single word: "cardamom", "balloons in a high wind", "a crocodile? Surely not!", anything between a word and a complete sentence. Choose one which appeals to you, and decorate the front in response to the single line - write a short story, draw a picture, whatever you like.

When you've finished, stick the postcard back up on the wall, decorated, then take one of the completely blank postcards. Write a line of your choice on the front, and your address on the back. Then stick it on the wall with the others, to be decorated by one of the later players, assuming the line appeals enough.


Have players slot their postcard in a "postbox" (a cardboard box covered in red paper, perhaps?) instead of sticking it back up on the noticeboard.

Flickr gallery

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