I just had an idea for a game but absolutely nothing behind it. I was thinking that a game which be played with different colored shapes (like red cube, blue pyramid, orange stick, etc.) and basic mathematical symbols (+,-,/,*). The game could have a couple of different methods to be played, ie one person sets up a system of shapes and operations and writes down all of the patterns they set up in it. Then the other players write down all the patterns they see in it, and have scoring be based upon who is better at seeing the patterns. Or each player could go in turn and create a pattern and once everybody has done that, write down the patterns the person who has the mosty that are there wins or something like that.

now the key question: Is there ever a possibility to make a game like this fun to normal people (ie not math majors, logicians, etc). Or does a game like this only need to be semi-fun and be able to be sold on its educational merits in addition to the little bit of fun experienced?

or there could be a large group of symbols maybe 5 different colors along with 3-5 shapes. while asigning a number to the shapes that makes sense. stick =1 triangle=2 sqaure=3 and you sue the operations to make any valid statement.

such as

orange stick + orange triangle = orange square

blue stick + red stick = green triangle

orange stick + orange triangle = Orange square + orange Sqaure

The problem is coming up with a system that would work.

Or maybe leave out the operations all together. But then I think I really am talking about SET.

Michael