Qi: Managing the Flow – Abstract


The Abstract

history of feng shui

Feng shui, a practice of managing qi, has taken many forms throughout history. It has evolved through time and influence from other cultures, and different cultures have taken it and shaped it to their needs and wants. Originating over 3000 years ago, feng shui was once used within communities to ensure success. It is a practice of relating the natural and man-made environments in such a way that the flow of energies brings  harmony and prosperity. Feng shui originated in China and there its traditional roots are still found and practiced, though it is somewhat rare. Government interference has forced the following of feng shui to drop until recent times. It has now begun making a resurgence through creative entrepreneurs who seek to study it and use its calming effects.

Feng shui in the community

Traditionally, feng shui is not something that an individual or a single household can practice alone. As opposed to popular Western styles, feng shui is not as simple as rearranging one’s furniture. Adding a fountain to your living room is not going to do much. Rather, feng shui is meant to take into account everything from a person’s home, to lifestyle choices, to the town’s layout, and even a town’s location in a landscape. All of these decisions, along with the emotions of citizens, change the flow of energies within the town.

The flow of good and bad energy is what brings balance to the citizens of the town and prevents negative impacts. This traditional, community-driven flow of energies is what I want to teach my readers – my potential players – about. I want to teach how feng shui relies upon a community as a whole. My project will show how a community can work together on this belief to create a good flow of energy and make itself prosperous.

My Topic and proposal

I will be writing a proposal for the game Qi. Qi is a management style game where the player is meant to be a feng shui specialist. The player is in charge of managing a town’s energy flow to make it prosper. Players will have to manage many aspects of the town. First of all, upon entering a fresh game, the player will have to select a location on the game map where their town will begin. An overlay option will show the player the flow of qi over the natural map to assist them in finding a suitable location. The player should also take into account the resources nearby. Once the town’s territory has been chosen, a group of settlers will move to the area. Then the player must assign these settlers roles and begin building homes and necessary work stations for the citizens.

Using the qi flow overlay, the player will see how the locations of buildings and emotions affect the flow of qi. The player can go into detail and change the layouts of the interior of each building. Changing these details will adjust the flow of qi. Thicker and greener streams of energy in the qi overlay, as well as a qi point counter, will represent the successful flow of energies to the player.

goals and conflicts

The player’s village is not entirely under their control. Rather, villagers have their own minds and may not always do what the player wants them to. They may have personal crises which will affect the flow of qi around them. When this happens, the player must correct this flow and try to bring the villager back on track.

In addition to citizen willfulness, the town is also ever-evolving. Though the game starts as a settlement, as the qi begins to flow and the town becomes prosperous, it will grow into new eras. Towns will settle near the player’s and will attempt to trade with the player. These trade routes will not only bring goods and currency, but may also bring cultural influences and new ideas. Citizens will slowly change how they think and react. Some few villagers may begin to spurn the idea of their traditional feng shui and make changes within their homes. These nonbelievers will chase the player out of their homes if they try to “redecorate.” The player will then have to build around the home to fix the flow of qi and bring harmony back, with the potential of re-inducting the members of the household which no longer believe in feng shui.

Allowing your qi points to fall will cause outbreaks of tension, illness, disasters, bad crops, and other negative impacts. Overall, the goal of the game is to continue to make the town prosperous, morphing the flow of qi through the management of city and interior planning and the roles and emotions of citizens who each have their own personalities and quirks.

One thought on “Qi: Managing the Flow – Abstract

  1. Dustin Lapierre

    In my project I created a fictional story based on Chinese body cultivation practices and how these ideas play out in Chinese martial arts films. In the martial arts, the body is sacred and must be maintained and cultivated. They accomplish this through the mastery of Qi flow within the body, and connecting with the Dao. This shares an interesting parallel with the ideas regarding Feng Shui you wrote about. In Feng Shui you are mastering the flow of Qi within a city, just as you would within yourself in the martial arts. This makes sense when looking at the Chinese cosmos which sees the body as a microcosm of the universe. Qi is the basic element of all things, so naturally its flow would affect every level of civilization from individual people to whole towns. Additionally, since Chinese tends to be a very collectivist society, the town is in a sense one body. In this way, if Qi flow is disrupted in one “organ,” the whole will feel the effects. Just as with the cinema and martial arts, these core underlying concepts of reality in the Chinese worldview can be seen within Feng Shui and many other practices that originate from China.


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