Shaping your Shelter: A game on post-disaster reconstruction of homes

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The game was designed to emphasized a situation of affected by disaster people and safe building methods with limited time, funds and materials. Players have to confront the trade-offs between quick and cheap housing versus stronger but more resources and time-consuming construction choices. Random events expose their new shelter to risks. Players will experience the consequences of team decisions.


The game begins with introducing the scenario.

Teams are household members who must build homes to shelter their families by making decisions about how to use limited construction materials in the restricted land they have available.

Shelters will be exposed to heavy rainfall and flooding, earthquakes and strong winds.

Families lacking proper shelter find themselves in a state of insecurity, which is not good.

Each household (team) has a task of protecting its members from the impacts of different hazards.

The game consists of 3 rounds: each round represents one year.

At the end of each year, for every family member knocked out of the circle (“left unprotected”), the household gets one “insecurity point”.

The winning team is the family with fewest insecurity points by the end of the 3rd year.


Acquire knowledge about safe construction, and specifically the concept of bracing, for improving the structural stability of constructions.


Introduces awareness and knowledge which is important to act quickly and effectively.



Free for non-comercial purpose.

Number of players

more than 10 players

Number of moderators

2-3 moderator


30-60 minutes


Shaping your Shelter: A game on post-disaster reconstruction of homes kit


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