Scenarios (Player Mods): Your Own Industries

 

I would like to share with you a few cool things about this "mechanical business simulation." And I will start with one type of customization: YOUR OWN INDUSTRIES.

While the Pioneer set offered on Etsy does not include an actual "scenario layer" (a physical illustration of a scenario), OFMOS was developed to enable and encourage conversations about the real world even without it. And so, that can be done verbally with every play, where you and your opponent can place your mission/s in an industry that you are most familiar with.

To spark that imagination, here are a few visual sources of inspiration:

EXAMPLE 1

One of the reasons for which the pieces' design is abstract is to keep them from interfering with the scenarios that the players could imagine. However, although abstractly, they do illustrate three product categories:

  • Triangles = Bikes

  • Squares = Cars

  • Pentagons = Planes

...A pan-industrial company, if you'd like. ("One could imagine, for example, 'General Metals,' a company with underlying expertise in metal 3-D printing, which would be something like a combination of General Electric, General Motors, and General Dynamics, competing in a range of industries such as medical equipment, cars, and airplanes." - Richard D'Aveni)

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And, a different approach, here are the same product categories indicated on the board.

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EXAMPLE 2

Your company makes and sells robo-assistants:

  • Triangles = Robo I (think 3PO from Star Wars)

  • Squares = Robo II (think Sonny from I, Robot)

  • Pentagons = Robo III (think David from Prometheus)

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EXAMPLE 3

Your company makes and sells electric cars, mimicking Tesla and competing head-to-head with its cars:

  • Triangles = Tesla Model 3

  • Squares = Tesla Model S

  • Pentagons = Tesla Model X

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EXAMPLE 4

Your company makes and sells pickup trucks, mimicking Dodge and competing head-to-head with its cars:

  • Triangles = Dodge RAM 1500

  • Squares = Dodge RAM 2500

  • Pentagons = Dodge RAM 3500

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EXAMPLE 5

Your company makes and sells generic cars:

  • Triangles = Small Cars

  • Squares = Midsize Cars

  • Pentagons = Large Cars

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EXAMPLE 6

Your company makes and sells generic cars:

  • Triangles = Compact Cars

  • Squares = Family Cars

  • Pentagons = Luxury Cars

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EXAMPLE 7

Your company makes and sells IT Equipment and Services:

  • Triangles = Computers (i.e., individual devices)

  • Squares = Systems (i.e., networks of individual devices)

  • Pentagons = Solutions (i.e., networks of individual devices plus consultants)

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Cristian Mitreanu