The Antastic Machine

The Antastic Machine:
With Ben Unterman


Our first assignment for this class was to take a poorly designed game (about ants escaping from an antlion) and make it better. Ben and I decided to take what had initially been a Flash game, and transform it into a tabletop strategy game. In The Antastic Machine, players represent factions of ant engineers, tasked with gathering resources and constructing an antlion slaying machine. After a set number of turns, the Antlion attacks and the players must pit their creations against the monster in fierce gladiatorial combat. Our goal with this game was to combine the resource management aspects of Settlers of Cataan with the end-game raid coordination of World of Warcraft. Download the Rule Book in .pdf format (18mb)