Cellular Constellation

This item is not in the library — it is a part of: Math for Music Games.

Conductor: You will signal round changes to the ensemble for about 15 rounds. After that, signal the ending of the game after, or (if you wish) do it earlier, at any time you notice that exactly the same set of people is playing as in some previous round. Before the start of the game point to some players (maybe 20% of them) that will be playing in the first round.

Player: There will be rounds, signaled by the conductor, but not everyone is playing all the time. You play in the starting line-up if the conductor points at you just before the first round. Then, you follow this rules:

  1. If you are not playing now, play in the next round if any of your neighbor is playing now.
  2. If you are playing now, stop playing in the next round if any of your neighbor is playing now.

In other words:

If any of your neighbor is playing, change your playing state in the next round.

Context: Math for music games

Variants: explorable in Constellation Game app (let's you experiment with rules)

Gamemaster's notes

Depending on a group, a facilitator (if present) may use an introduction process for learning-by-doing. Universally, you may start with just one player, then the constellation spreads slowly. A fun pattern to present early is achievable when your player number is divisible by 3 (maybe you can arrange for it). Then, if the starting pattern is "every third player not playing", the game naturally ends in the 4th round which is easy to control.

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