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New Shores: a Game for Democracy is an online multiplayer game that takes players on a quest to settle on a green, vibrant island. Wild forest covers its surface, hiding rich coal deposits underneath.

Free to govern themselves, players can communicate and collaborate – or go through the game without giving much concern to the others. Using coal can dramatically improve the island’s development.

But what will be the cost? Climate and democracy shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Gameplay

As with all human activities, progress comes with a price. The further in the game the players get, the more difficult it becomes. Will they try to multiply their personal wealth or rather work for the public good? Will they exploit the coal deposits and gamble with the climate change? Or maybe they will play it “green”?

New Shores is a game about experimenting with different strategies while negotiating, cooperating or competing with other players who are not always sympathetic to your cause.

Context

Climate change in the context of democracy.

Benefits

  • Players learn and explore practices that promote sustainability.
  • Players discover correlation between greenhouse gases and climate change.
  • Players learn the mechanics of how the climate change happens.
  • Players learn skills for effective communication and collaboration.
  • Players practice strategic and leadership skills.
  • Players set and align goals, negotiate conditions and coordinate actions.

Trivia

New Shores is based on the Climate Game that has been played in Poland, China, Hungary and in many other countries, as part of many workshops focused on sustainability and climate change.

Price

Free for non-commercial purposes

Number of players

more than 10 players

Number of moderators

1 moderator

Duration

2 hours and more

Languages

Technical requirements

One computer or tablet per each player or team of players, with current version of Google Chrome browser installed.

How to run this game?

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