Game on Law, L3C is a new venture to develop and publish games related to legal services. I am currently developing two games, one related to estate planning (Estate Quest) and the other to landlord/tenant and eviction law. The goals of this project are:
- To empower players to prevent legal problems before they happen.
- To award players with points that may be used as discounts to access unbundled legal assistance online (whether that is through self-help resources or discounts for services at branded networks).
- To increase access to justice through engagement and the power of gaming to teach basic legal rights.
- To build a fun game that may be played online in a social capacity with friends and family.
My wonderful team of indies include Allison Yaeger, game designer for level one and UX/UI designer; Christopher Ellis, Unity 3D programmer and game designer; and Nathan Smith, 2D art and animation. The incredible art on this page is all Nathan’s work.
A demo of level one of the estate planning game, Estate Quest, was shown at the Legal Services Corporation’s Technology Initiative Grant Annual Conference in January 2014. A RocketHub campaign has been started to raise funds to complete the game. We would be grateful for any support to help us build out the entire game! Please feel free to email me at gameonlaw at gmail dot com with questions or for more details about the games. Follow us on Twitter: @Gameonlaw.
Video Walkthrough of Level One
A mobile GAME ADVENTURE that teaches you estate planning basics while you earn real-world rewards for legal services!
- Solve mysteries!
- Travel through time with a Time Machine!
- Learn the basics of estate planning!
- Connect with real-world resources that may be used to protect your friends and family!
The player is a detective presented with different case files about individuals who failed to prepare estate planning for their families before their death. The player uses a time machine to time travel to different dates showing scenes in the case. Each scene is interactive with animated elements and clues for the player to discover. The clues reveal what should have been written into an estate plan to prevent the negative consequences.
Through game play, the player uses the time machine and the clues to uncover the mystery and to create a more positive outcome for the family. In the process, the player learns basic estate planning concepts and connects with real-word resources that may be used to create estate planning to protect his or her family. Facebook and Twitter connections to the game allow the player to share progress and engage with their friends and family about end of life planning. “Rewards” for completing the game in later versions will include free or discounted legal services pertaining to estate planning.
Examples of basic estate planning concepts used in the game: 1) Naming a guardian for your children, 2) Providing specific bequests, 3) Setting up testamentary trusts for children, 4) Naming an executor, 5) Providing for your pets, etc.
Play the Demo of Level One:
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a landlord? Play a landlord dealing with tenant issues, eviction, managing property, and trying to collect as much money as possible while expanding your investments. Learn about the eviction process and other landlord/tenant laws.
This game is currently in development for Illinois Legal Aid Online.
All of the games developed by Game on Law, L3C are for pure enjoyment and were created with the hope of sharing basic information about the law and your legal rights along the way. Nothing in the games or on this website should be taken as legal advice. Players should seek the counsel of a licensed lawyer to discuss individual legal needs. These games are for fun only! Play on!