Motif: The Game of Music Theory

Start Time: Saturday 7:30 PM
Location:Grand Ballroom B-12
Game Master(s): Dawson Cowals
Duration:3 hours
Player Max:5
Signed up:1
Track(s):Game Lab
Event Type:Play Test
Experience Level:Beginner
Age group:Over 12

In Motif you are musicians at the prestigious Garrett School of Music; learning and practicing music theory while building your repertoire of chords, scales and melodies over the course of one school year. You strive to be the student awarded the best Accolades and recognized for practicing the hardest over the course of Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters. If you can learn the most music and are able to out-perform the other musicians you will earn the coveted audition slot for a chance to join the Kowalski Philharmonic Orchestra at the end of the year!

Motif is a heavier Euro style worker-placement game that focuses on set collection, pattern building, area control, multi-use cards and fulfilling hidden goals to achieve victory. Over 4 tight rounds players place their workers to attend classes, play Notes to complete Chords & Scales, learn Melodies & earn Rehearsal Points. The musician with the most points at the end wins the audition spot & victory! The game uses many aspects of music theory and can be used educationally but no musical skill or knowledge is required to play.

We've been told this game is similar in weight to games like Lisboa, or The Gallerist. We have played numerous games with players who have little or no musical background and they are able to pick up the game quickly and play just fine, so don't be intimidated if you don't know much about music. Our goal in desiging Motif was to make a game that was true to music but that we could get to the table with all of our non-musical friends.

For those interested in the musical aspects of the game here is a list of the music theory elements that are intricately used in the game play:

Circle of Fifths, Perfect 4th & Perfect 5th Intervals, Relative Major/Minor Chords, Picardy Thirds, Major & Minor Triad Chord Intervals (Root/3rd/5th), Tritones, Dominant 7th, Major 7th & Major 9th Intervals, 1st & 2nd Chord Inversions, Power Chords, Major & Natural Minor Scales, Major & Minor Pentatonic Scales, Half-Steps, Whole-Steps, Transposition, Arpeggios, Grace Notes, and A Cappella vs. Comp