The 'Dialect' Game Explores How Languages are Built and Lost

By: Joey Haar - Nov 30, 2016
References: thornygames & kickstarter
Many role-playing board games tend to focus on building immersive worlds or deep characters, but 'Dialect' focuses on creating an entire language. The central force of the game, which is played between three and five players, is to slowly build out a language and work to prevent it from dying.

The narrative in Dialect is dependent on how the players build their language. For instance, the choice of a certain word for conveying a given expression has the ability to change what happens next between the players. This aspect of the gameplay is meant as a metaphor for how language can shape experience.

More than just a fictional game, Dialect is rooted in the real study of language. In fact, the game was developed with contributions from David Peterson, a linguist and the language creator on HBO's 'Game of Thrones.'