I’ve messed around with formalising a way to introduce play into experiences in the past, but this is the first time I have tried to plot out the key features of playful experiences in a way that becomes replicable in some way.
First, it is really important to understand what I mean by Play and Playful!
Play is free form and unlike a game does not need to have a point or a goal to it. It exists within a set of rules created by the person or people playing and is born in the imagination. Often it is a way of exploring the boundaries and extremes of something, in search of new and novel experiences. It is undertaken for its own sake often for fun and joy. To quote myself (!!)