The Polystyrene Prototype #4kings1war gameboard
The Polystyrene Prototype #4kings1war Gameboard
How does it fit together? Oh Wow! That’s Amazing !
Its was a Saturday afternoon, the house having 4 children always seemed to have a half-way house feel about it, people into and out, teenagers and their friends and our good friend Glyn, being a close one, he cruise’s on in, carrying a big plastic bag with a handle, inside the contents of the #4kings1war prototype Polystyrene carved blocks.
Nine pieces inclusive of one thin-ish flat polystyrene floor (base) with the checkerboard print arena, which you can play chess on. Then the 4 terrace pieces, each terrace having 3 steps up also covered with the checkerboard print and lastly the corner turrets painted the look of concrete. The floor and terraces are the playing battleground and the turrets corner pieces are a holding place for the captured pieces. When the polystyrene pieces are put together, add the armies (chess pieces) and the arena is ready for a game of Four Kings One War, I stepped back in awe thinking in my head, Oh Wow! That looks so flipping Amazing!
I remember an excitement sprinkling through the house, people who visited would catch a glimpse of this board and because from a distance, its looks like people are looking down into something of interest with concentration and intrigue, wait oh, they’re playing something? What is it? Can’t help but wanna come over and have a look ….. Wow! What is this? A lot people say that same question, even to this day lol, they have a look and say ‘its chess….. oh is it chess?, we say :)) Nah mate 🙂 its Fourkingsonewar.
For the love of the game Glyn had made a few of these polystyrene game boards, good thing about these game boards is that you could still play chess if you wanted to, not that I’d want people to, but the choice is there! You can play chess either on the flat surface (as normal) or two terraces put together for a 3D effect, the 4kings1war playing arena is light enough to carry and play when and wherever a flat surface is available. I remember many a time on the housedeck early Saturday afternoons, 4kings1war, players and viewers would huddle round to watch the intense thought and gurellia warfare game play out. I started to capture the movement as I could see a momentum being born, Four Kings One War had a born culture of players. Wow! again! :))
Capture the Culture
The #4kings1war polystyrene prototype game board, yes its light, chunky and big, it’s an eye catcher, even if its for a just a milli second lol 🙂 gosh I sound like I’m exaggerating but from my point of view it is a wonderful piece of mind architecture brought to fruition. At that moment then, we had our polystyrene game boards and were playing #4k1w and everyone who was interested wanted to play, kids, teenagers, early 20s and adult, guy and girls alike, and its funny watching people’s reactions, their brain activity showing thought and emotion, hmm interesting I thought, I can photograph this whole story of 4kings1war and offer some help in the form of what I love to do, which is, photograph emotion, and give back, maybe even be a part of showing the world, this intelligent new board game capturing a culture at Four Kings One War. www.fourkingsonewar.com, #4kw1, email@example.com, 4kings1war.com
Wow! The 4kings1war Culture
Each Saturday afternoon that passed by was filled with people’s intrigue, music, laughter, cold drinks and as i would like to call the 4kings1war gameboard, “The spaceship”. This game became an icon in my eyes and head and still is, because of the draw it holds, I remember so many people catching onto this catch phrase four kings one war, and talking about, so many people came near and far to see and play, and I loved every second of it all, capturing it all, I felt like I was the first in the world to photograph this icon, it became a new learning ground for my photography, patience, patience and more patience, like watching a move happen, then pause and wait for a response action all the while being present because I didn’t actually know when a player was gonna make a move, it was all very intense at times, but good times, sometimes competitive and intense too, lol, that’s us, as humans can be quite animated with our hands in a competitive mindgame and because the Polystyrene prototype was set in pieces, sometimes the gameboard would move around and knock pieces over… an outwardly loud “lipsmack and eye roll vibe of competitive frustration’ would be overt, where was that piece standing? like which square? breaking the flow of the game intermittently………….so as it was meant to be in the background of the daily grind a one piece board was been drawn up, cut, built and painted.
Where are the Polystyrene game boards now?
For the love of the game, Glyn had made a few of these relics and are in play today, just 3, I think, and the Aim of the game is to capture the 2 Kings, remains. So now, my travels to photographing a one piece playing arena begins, once again Wow! The amazing person who drew up this architecture, cut it, and built it to resemble an anicent roman Colosseum from the 750BC era, could The Spaceship be a return home to earth from 750BC. Eek! Holy Moly!! Ok! I’m going way off track here, lol but my mind does boggle from time to time, but I dont think I’m out of my mind 🙂 I liken to fantasize the what if’s and could be’s of past should be’s, maybe this arena could’ve been in an anicent roman children’s classroom? Wow! How about that, thought for food and conversation? lol 🙂
A ancient roman Colosseum playing arena for the mind and using pieces, thought to have been derived from the Indian/Persian empires around 6AD and now the 2 components, the gameboard and pieces have found another way to evolve outside and beyond of the 64squares of the has always been.http://<script data-ad-client=”ca-pub-7846592183860624″ async src=”https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script>