Over the last weekend, I participated in a National Climate Game Jam. What is that, you ask? It’s an intense 48-hour event where participants are tasked with creating a game from scratch that teaches people about climate change! The world is experiencing warming at an unprecedented rate. As a result of increased carbon emissions, we are a point where climate change prevention is no longer possible. Rather, we must be ready to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and this was the theme of the game jam.
As part of a three-person group, we designed a cooperative board game called AdaptNation, where each player controls their own city and players must work together to manage their supply of power, water, and food to adapt to more frequent and severe environmental events (drought, wildfire, and ocean acidification, etc.). The game starts out relatively tame, and players are able to cope with the impacts of climate change without much trouble. However, as the game progresses, the impact of climate change on their resources will grow, and players will be forced to cooperate with their neighbors, or else fall into debt. Even then, players will have to plan and prepare carefully if they are to adapt to the new climate reality of AdaptNation.
For more information, check out the video below!