Modes of Play for Tug of Logic

The web app Tug of Logic can be used to play differently structured games. Here you will find  instructions for several games of increasing complexity. These can be used by educators to introduce players to best practices in logical argumentation.

Game 1: Basic Demo.

Here the Logic Referee stipulates a MainClaim for illustration purposes. It is assumed that the MainClaim divides present player opinion more or less equally, as shown through the Straw Poll that opens the game. Ideally, players have input into the MainClaim, but providing it can get things started more easily. To start, players are invited to submit a Reason-to-Play (for or against the MainClaim) by finding a complete sentence to fill in the blank:

This fragment of a game helps to introduce the web app functionality to new players.

Game 2: Making Complete Arguments in Advance.

After the basic demo game, Players  (e.g., students) may be asked to come up with complete arguments (no missing or unstated  premises) in written form in advance, for instance on 3×5 index cards. These can be reviewed by the instructor and only the most suitable chosen for play. This helps to introduce new Players to the habit of looking for missing partner-premises, which can carry all the controversy. This game builds Players’ logical skill so they can formulate more effective premises and make more persuasive arguments in a Full Game.

Game 3: Simplified Game (One against Many)

Only one Player is tasked to come up with complete arguments (in advance) and to submit and defend each premise (Reason-in-Play). Most Players vote on MainClaim and Reasons-in-Play (during Bouts). All Players take part in the facilitated dialogue.

Game 4: Full Game

MainClaim is decided by StrawPoll. All Players submit Reasons-to-Play. Logic Referee may need an assistant (Line Judge) to preview Reasons-to-Play and pre-select reasons to focus on in a Bout of Logical Scrimmage.  This is the mode of play to use for public games, though participants won’t know in general what form reasons must take or what constitute a complete argument. Logic Referees inculcate such knowledge in their publics over time.

Full details for educators are available by download here.

I’m Michael

I’m a writer and philosopher, and now a game developer. This site introduces Tug of Logic, a game and web-app I have created to serve public reasoning.

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