Time for some well deserved Friday Fun. In a fever of caffeinated Twitter enthusiasm following the successful #Windows10Devices event, I suggested to long-serving Microsofty, Michael Gillett, that he should create a Microsoft trading card game.
Lo and behold, Mr. Gillett just unveiled Microsoft All Stars, a family card game based on Top Trumps, featuring all your favourite Microsoft personalities!
..."Much has been made of Microsoft's recent hardware event with a number of updated devices and the surprise that is the #Surface Book announcement. But, aside from the devices there was one other key take away from the event, the enthusiasm and high levels of sass from some of the presenters. With phrases such as "you can be productive like a boss" being used during the demo of Continuum on the #Lumia 950 it was hard not to enjoy their excitement. This generated a lot of love for several of the staff on Twitter and even led @MSFTY to suggest that I make Microsoft engineer trading cards."...
..."I liked this idea a lot, so much so it has evolved into more than just engineer trading cards. In fact, this is more like a Top Trumps for notable Microsoft staff, including some who no longer work there. I'm calling it Microsoft All Stars."...
The expanding card list includes members from across Microsoft's various divisions, from the Windows team to the Xbox division (which I may or may not have included myself). Each character is awarded a wholly unscientific rank out of four for Gamerscore, Productivity, Community, Sass and Events. Some of the cards available so far are listed here:
Michael Gillett notes that the game was created purely for fun. Indeed, we have no idea if it actually works in practice. He invites other enthusiasts to join the project on Github, perhaps if we pour enough fan energy into it, it could eventually take on Pokémon or Magic The Gathering. Maybe. Possibly?