Commonspoly: The Board Game of the Commons

Commonspoly: The Board Game of the Commons


Yes, there is a board game of the commons and you can download its resources or buy your own on Commonspoly.cc.

Commonspoly is a free licensed board game to playfully reflect about the possibilities and limits of the commons as a critical discourse towards relevant changes in our societies. This board game is an ideal device to introduce the commons theories into groups in a pedagogical and ludic way. But also for rainy boring afternoons! Commonspoly also is an attempt to repair a misunderstanding that has lasted for more than a century; back in 1904, Elizabeth Magie patented The Landlord’s Game, a board game to prevent about the dangerous effects of monopolism. Years after that, she sold the patent to Parker Brothers, company which turned the game into the Monopoly we know nowadays: a board game that celebrates the huge economic accumulation and the bankruptcy of anyone… but yourself.

Commonspoly turns upside down the basic features of the traditional game to imagine a possible world based on cooperation instead of competition. But, how is it possible to play a board game in which the players have to find ways to work together? Well, the poles are melting, the cycles of the financial crises are shortening, the global unemployment rates are skyrocketing and we all have that hard to explain crepuscular feeling… In this game, we are running against time! And every player’s help will be more than welcomed. Anyway, it is not all bad news: we have some powerful community-based tools to struggle against apocalypse. Let’s get down to business, we have urban and rural, environmental and knowledge common goods to preserve!

Commonspoly is not a game produced by ZEMOS98, we just created this version of it. You will find all credits at its webpage. There’s a great community behind it!

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