GenCon has been in Indianapolis since Thursday, August 4 and ends today, August 7. GenCon is billed as the largest gaming convention and features demonstrations, products, costumes and role play. Few of the games have an insect theme. Infestation, An RPG of Bugs and Heroes, however, puts insects front and center as the main characters. Players can choose from a number of insect characters that don’t exactly act like insects but as insects that operate with human intelligence. There are a number of dangers, including humans. Even babies can deliver a crushing defeat.
Unlike many movies and cartoon books about insects, Infestation insects are drawn with correct anatomy, though the poses may be humanesque. Some insect biology can be learned by playing the game, but the overall focus is on more human-centric adventure.
Games are popular with youth and can be both fun and educational. EO Wilson is quoted, “Games are the future of Education”. A robust set of education insect games is still in the future.