Touched On is a card game based on Melbourne’s public transport network. Photo: Dyl & OScar Art imitates life: A well-timed inspector card can halt you in your (tram) tracks. Photo: Dyl & Oscar
There are fare evaders and undercover inspectors but this isn’t the morning commute on Route 86.
Melbourne graphic designers Dylan Thorn and Oscar Jackson have created a card game to rival smashed avocados, black jeans and complaining about the weather, as the most Melbourne things going round.
The “tabletop party game” Touched On pits fare evaders and ticket inspectors against each other in a battle to get to the end of a Melbourne tram journey.
“We thought it [public transport] would be an interesting place to begin, because of the way our famous tram network is so embedded into the city of Melbourne and our way of life,” Jackson said.
“We’ve always thought of public transport as a bit of a game in itself, and while we always make sure we’re touched on, we’ve often wondered if fare evading could be worth it, and if the savings could outweigh the odd fine.”
Each player’s goal is to get rid of their cards as fast as possible, jumping on and off trams and switching lines to avoid a fine, however, a well-timed inspector card can halt you in your (tram) tracks.
“To win a game, a player has to get to the end of a tram line with as few fines as possible,” Jackson said.
The 23-year-olds met at Collingwood’s Academy of Design before forming their own company, Dyl & Oscar. Jackson said they balanced out their client projects with “fun studio projects” such as Touched On.
Touched On from Dyl & Oscar on Vimeo.
The pair listed Touched On with crowd-funding website kickstarter (complete with humorous promotional video). The campaign is set to end on Monday at 1am, but the project has already smashed its $6500 fundraising goal.
“We had no idea of how it would be received … but it’s had an amazing reaction.
“We’re really excited to have passed our goal so now we’ll be hard at work to finish all the smaller details.”
With lines like “The machine must be broken, I put it on the thing and it beeped at me for sure”, the game seems to have hit the nail on the head when it comes to Melbourne traditions. Afternoon playtest @Library_Vicpic.twitter苏州美甲培训/vdcpZomqLT— Touched On (@touchedon) January 14, 2016
But a Public Transport Victoria spokesman said that while Touched On was “just a game”, fare evasion came at a price.
“In reality, fare evasion costs us millions of dollars every year that could have been invested in improving public transport,” the spokesman said.
“Fare evasion is at record lows and reforms will be introduced next year to support those who do the right thing and crack down on serial fare evaders.”
PTV is not affiliated with the game, which Jackson expects to be completed by March next year.
And for the record: “We do not condone fare evading and always make sure we’re touched on,” Jackson said.
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