A team from the University of Washington detailed its Control-Alt-Hack card game at this year's Black Hat, which uses game mechanics licensed from Steve Jackson Games. The game--for three to six players, ages 14 and up, with a playing time of about an hour--puts players in the shoes of employees of a small, elite, white-hat hacking firm. Set to debut this fall and retail for about $30 per copy, the developers--thanks to grants from Intel, the National Science Foundation, and the Association for Computing Machinery--are also making some copies available for free to educators.
Control-Alt-Hack co-creator Tamara Denning, a PhD student at the University of Washington, shows off printer proofs of the Control-Alt-Hack card game. Photograph by Mathew J. Schwartz.