We’ve sometimes joked that San Francisco is the pervasive gaming capital of the world. They have Go Game, they have Jane McGonigal’s cool stuff, they have the people of the Fourth Wall Studios and they have a vibrant The Game -culture producing loads of Games of different sizes, and they always have a lot of flash mob type carnival stuff. The games industry powerful enough to draw in The GDC every year doesn’t hurt either.
This time, they have what is called the world’s largest board game, a street sized version of Eleanor Abbot’s classic Candyland board game. Whether it is the world’s largest board game is a bit a matter of definition; it might possibly be the biggest direct street version of a board game, since most other similar games are either pervasive adaptations, like Monopoly Live (internet archive), or specially designed street-size “board games”, like the Big Urban Game.
Anyway, Candyland even made it to the news even in Finland, where the board game is not well known at all.
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