I'm Mike Masnick from Techdirt, with Randy Lubin and Leigh Beadon. We took a declassified CIA training card game and we're adapting it so you can play too! Ask us anything!
Hey guys, we've been at this for over two hours now, and need to head out to get some lunch. We'll all be checking back later, though to see if there are any more questions. Thanks for lots of great thought-provoking questions...
Last year the CIA announced that they use custom card and board games to train their recruits. Thanks to a set of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, they recently declassified three of these games and released censored versions to the public. Since they’re created by federal government employees, they’re also in the public domain.
It turns out that the games are pretty fun, so we decided to take one - originally called “Collection Deck” - and adapt it so that anyone can play it. Our version is called “CIA: Collect It All” and is currently on Kickstarter here:
More information and backstory: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180422/00263739686/cia-made-card-game-were-releasing-it.shtml
The originally released CIA documents: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/materials-for-the-game-collection-deck-35175/#file-162778
Our version has an updated visual design and we’ve tweaked to the game rules and cards to make them more fun. We’ve also filled in dozens of redacted cards that the CIA apparently deemed too secret for you to know about.
This project is a collaboration between the tech news blog Techdirt and the independent game design studio, Diegetic Games. Specifically, Mike Masnick and Leigh Beadon from Techdirt, and Randy Lubin from Diegetic Games. All three of us are here to answer questions, mainly about the game, FOIA and the public domain -- but, we know the drill -- about anything else as well.
Mike Masnick: https://twitter.com/mmasnick/status/996424039026442241