The fortress of Monemvasia as playground for a location based game

Sintoris Christos Yiannoutsou Nikoleta Avouris Nikolaos
2016 DiGRA/FDG ’16 – Proceedings of the 2016 Playing With History Workshop

This paper reports on an ongoing study of the long-term deployment of a location-based mobile game “If … in Monemvasia”. The game is played by groups of pupils that visit the historical fortress town Monemvasia in the south east Peloponnese, Greece. The players traverse the town and associate specific sites with role playing missions. The game was designed to promote understanding the history of the fortress town by the players. In the paper, we discuss the integration of historical knowledge and describe the gameplay in order to depict the incorporation of aspects of the town's history in the game.