Spheres of Influence was designed by Professor Jesse Schell in collaboration with our team.

During the game, players throw small discs containing glyphs onto the playing field. Small creatures appear above the discs along with a transparent sphere, indicating the area that the creature 'controls.'

When the spheres of two opposing creatures intersect, they attack! The victor is determined using various probability calculations, so certain creatures are never guaranteed to win.

The object of the game is to win control of stars that appear at various locations on the playing field. When a star is within a creature' sphere of influence (and that creature isn't intersecting an opposing sphere), that creature controls the star. The first player to control 3 out of 5 stars wins the game!

ARPE is a project group at the Carnegie Mellon
University Entertainment Technology Center.