Title: Confetti with the Brick Bats
Date: Jul 29
Type: Digital Game. Playable Here
Role: Design & Programming
Collaborators: Noca Wu, Robert Heller
Press: Killscreen, Viewing NYC, Untapped Cities
Description: Confetti with the Brick Bats is a historical simulation game made for Tim Hwang’s “The Power Broker”: A Game Design Competition. The game places the player in the shoes of Robert Moses in the humble work of simply examining documents and deciding on a course of action in three pivotal episodes from Moses’s career.
The title comes from a response Moses gave in a July 1966 letter to someone who had written him to express condolences at his recent political losses. His terse reply was “Thanks loads. A little confetti with the brick bats.”
In order for the game to fully reflect the life and work of Robert Moses, we had the great privilege of conducting primary research in the Robert Moses papers collection at the New York Public Library and using maps from the Brooklyn Historical Society. We combed through thousands of pages of letters, directives, newspaper clippings, and other publications to better understand his decision making process. Many of the documents you’ll see in the game were discovered in his personal correspondence, and represent the first time they have been digitized. For appropriate ambiance we have period appropriate photographs and typesetting, and the game’s background music is Robert Moses’s favorite band, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, courtesy of radio recordings from Archive.org.