DigiLab Collection: Beasts of Balance

A brilliant game which helps develop team working and collaborative skills.

Photos of Beasts of Balance prototype being tested at a DigiLab event in 2016

DigiLab’s relationship with Beasts of Balance began in 2015 when Ros saw one of the developers talking at an event at the V & A. Then in 2016 they launched their first Kickstarter and came to demo the prototype at DigiLab. It’s fair to say Ros has been an obsessed fangirl ever since. The game has since expanded to include a competitive mode, but at it’s heart, it’s a collaborative game which helps people communicate, plan and organise as a team. It’s fun and works with people from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.

Equipment name: Beasts of Balance (formerly Fabulous Beasts, but after being approached by Warner Bros and threatened with a lawsuit — because of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which wasn’t actually out at that point — they changed their name)
Technology:
RFID
Price: £69 for the base game, the extension packs are more, averaging about £16 per piece.
What it is/could be used for: DigiLab usually uses Beast of Balance to demonstrate teamworking, communication, collaboration and team building. We have taken it to workshops with postgraduate students beginning their PG journey.
Further Reading:
Review from The Guardian, there’s not a lot of reading to do on this one, the best experience you can have is playing the game and watching videos

Talking points: How technology plays a role in family time, using technology for team building, even though you might not know you are, can the visitors think of any other applications for Beasts of Balance? Make a note!

A video of Eurogamer playing and reviewing the original game

Tips

🦈Don’t try and over-explain the game. The best way to learn the game is to play it and learn from each attempt.

🦈Try and encourage the plays to take risks and try things out. You can always start a new game.

🦈Encourage people to play in collaborative mode, but if it’s quiet and there are two or three people playing, you can try out battles mode if you want.