Thing from the Future

Thing from the Future is a deck of cards for scenario planning. It's a game about peeking into a future and pulling objects from that future into the present. Cards come in 4 flavors:

Arc, terrain, mood, object

  • Arc cards describe a future trajectory (grow / collapse / discipline / transform) and a timeframe (10 years, 100 years, etc)
  • Terrain cards describe a context ("Education" / "Security", etc)
  • Object cards define the thing from this future.
  • Mood cards ("excitement", "dread") define an emotional inflection.

The job of players is to synthesize these prompts into a future scenario, then create an object from this future.