Pie For Breakfast Studios
Based in Kent, OH
Tabletop card game
From award-winning game designer and author Chris Totten comes the storytelling card game, La Mancha! La Mancha is based on Miguel de Cervantes’s classic 1605 novel Don Quixote, which describes a nobleman playing at knighthood after reading one too many books about chivalry. La Mancha lets 3-5 players become knights in Don Quixote's world: rationalizing the mundane and the absurd into the stuff of legend with words from the very same books of Chivalry read by Don Quixote himself. Players take turns revealing the steps of an epic journey: everything from angry innkeepers to virtuous love interests. To overcome each challenge, players use Chivalry cards in their hand to tell stories of their deeds, with the best storyteller winning strength-enhancing Treasures. Throughout the game, players will be tasked with performing great Feats such as slaying fearsome giants (or are they windmills?) The player who uses their strength to perform the most knightly Feats by the end of the game is the winner! With storytelling as your armor and roleplay your lance, you will create your own exciting adventures of knighthood in La Mancha!
While the designer, Christopher Totten, was reading the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, a friend from his tabletop group came up with a challenge: design a game to be played at the next session. His answer was La Mancha, a party game where players use quotes from medieval novels to tell stories in response to situations from Don Quixote. Seeing the potential of the game as both a commercial product and an educational game, Chris continued developing the game and created teachers' guides based on grade 9-12 Literary Arts standards.
- Live the adventures of the famous Don Quixote de La Mancha in over 30 scenarios based on the classic novel!
- Compose your own knigtly tales with 90 powerful Chivalric phrases.
- Woo one of 16 loves, each with special abilities!
- Wield 50 mighty treasures: weapons, armor, helmets, shields, and steeds.
- Win the game and become the most renowned knight in all the land by overcoming 16 dastardly feats.
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Awards & Recognition
- "Bronze Medal Winner - International Serious Play Awards" Los Angeles, April 30, 2018
- "Official Selection - Meaningful Play 2018" East Lansing, Michigan, October 11-13, 2018
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A free guide for teachers wishing to use La Mancha as a supplement to their classroom study of the novel Don Quixote. pfbstudios.com.
About Pie For Breakfast Studios
Pie For Breakfast Studios is a Northeast Ohio game development studio and advocacy organization run by game design teacher and author Christopher Totten creating experimental projects "for the good of games." The studio creates digital and non-digital game projects and is part of Pie for Breakfast, LLC, whose services include working with museums and cultural institutions to create events celebrating the artistic achievements of the game industry.
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