Fig. 3: Games & Immersive

Ben has made a number of location-based puzzle games that he calls Overlays. You can think of them as interactive stories that unfold as participants travel from place to place solving puzzles and deciphering codes found in public art and interesting spaces. Like video games that are expanded out into the real world, these games combine the adventure of a treasure hunt, the puzzle solving of an escape room, and the narrative flow of an immersive theater performance. Read more about the ones he's made in LA at Overlay.Games

Cult is a question that calls itself an answer, a pestilence disguised as a balm, a lodestar that leads seekers to madness. If that's the kind of thing you're into, head here to try and join.

The Foxglove Papers is the story of Emma Foxglove, a former spy who got so bored with life on the run that she made her pursuers a book full of codes, puzzles, and clues to the place she's been hiding. The book is playable completely offline and leads players to landmarks all around downtown Los Angeles. It's currently a pen-and-paper experience; if you want to play, contact Ben for the PDF.

Ben has created a variety of board games, each stupider than the last. Cards requires players to build a die out of a giant cardboard box and throw it from the top of a human pyramid to move forward. Dice is played with notecards that tell you to do things like write a letter to your bed to move advance your game piece. In Board Game, you run around a room trying to earn more wooden boards than the other players. The point of Video Game is to earn the most old VHS tapes and DVDs by competing in trivia and feats of strength. None of these are currently for sale because the gameboards and rules are written on pieces of old cardboard Ben found by the dumpster.

Fanatic is basically a set of rules that justifies the practice of throwing aluminum cans at a ceiling fan. As you may have guessed, Ben created this game when he was much younger (but still too old to be throwing cans at fans). Read the rules here.

Cheating is a board game where each player is given cards with specific ways to cheat. These might involve moving extra spaces on the board, false shuffling the deck, taking extra cards, etc. If you can cheat better than your opponent without getting caught, you win! It currently exists as a deck of custom cards and a bag of pennies, and it's playable with Hasbro's Sorry.

The objective of System: The Game is to game the system. As players progress, they're given chances to change the rules in their favor. They write these rules in the instruction manual, changing the game permanently (until someone else creates a rule canceling their rule). It gets more complex each time it's played, but that's kind of the point.