Go Chess or ‘Weiqi’ is a strategic board game that is very popular in many East Asian countries, especially China. It’s a fascinating game for two players in which both players try to conquer and surround more territory than their opponent. However, the traditional play set is often difficult to use ergonomically. The game pieces or ‘stones’ are heavy and quite heavy to carry and also tend to shift during play. Not to mention, it’s not the easiest game to play for a blind man! With all these stressful factors in mind, the designers Cheng Ka Wing Kavieng, Wei Ruo, Mak Ming Huen and Wong Cheuk Laam created âPoppuâ.
Poppu is a portable and tactile game of Go that is written on paper! Inspired by the kirigami carving, a variation of origami that involves cutting paper, Poppu replaces the traditional duo of board and stones with a foldable piece of paper! This makes it extremely light and easy to transport. The paper is embedded with patterns created by die cutting and letterpress printing. If you press the pattern down and pop it – it is considered a black stone. If you press it and push it upwards – it turns into a white stone! A flat surface indicates empty or trapped rocks. The clever pattern system makes heavy stones completely superfluous. The tactile nature of Poppu makes it super friendly even for blind players!
Poppu is a lightweight, portable and economical alternative to the traditional go-sets. Not to mention, it’s inclusive and vision loss friendly too. In addition, the fact that it is made from paper also makes it sustainable and recyclable. Products like Poppu could be the future of board games. We can finally get rid of the traditional and expensive play sets that have been around in abundance for ages and instead go for simpler and more pocket-friendly options like Poppu!
Designer: Cheng Ka Wing Kavieng, Wei Ruo, Mak Ming Huen and Wong Cheuk Laam