An innovative young design student from Fintona has shown a good board game can still ‘Trump’ modern video games.
Using American President, Donald Trump’s immigration policy as inspiration, Damien McQuaid invented the game ‘Deported’.
The fun concept, design and 3D printed figurines have not only proved a huge hit with family and friends, but also the judges at the recent BEST (Business and Education Through Skills and Training) Awards held in the Slieve Donard Hotel.
In the same ‘Innovation Category’ as a range of computer games, the judges fell in love with Damien’s board game and named him the overall winner.
The 20-year-old, who has just completed his foundation degree in Product and Graphic Design at South West College, has a few more ideas how to develop the game further and hopefully see his prototype officially manufactured.
Damien said, “I came up with the idea for the game just after Trump was made President and introduced his immigration ban.
“I thought it was topical and thought this game could make a bit of fun out of it. It was trial and error getting the concept and rules sorted, then designing the graphics for the board and making the 3D pieces.”
This is a four person game with Miss Universe competing against a Mexican, a Muslim and an FBI agent to get into the ‘United States of Trump’.
“It was a coincidence a week later Trump sacked the head of the FBI so it fell into place,” joked Damien.
“It is a card game and you compete to get round the board to get into America. I set it up in class and everyone enjoyed it. My brothers find it hilarious and is good craic. It can get very competitive, lasting about 20 minutes per game.
“We were actually all playing it on the bus to the BEST Awards.”
The former St John’s College, Dromore pupil continued, “At the awards I had set up the game in my own booth and the three judges came around.
“There were students with video games and here I was with a board game. They really liked it and I got great feedback. I was shocked and delighted when my name was called out as the winner of the Innovation Award.”
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