Mar 302016

A game of Voluntarios being played

A game of Voluntarios being played

For the last few weeks I’ve been hard at work developing my very first game. And though that is far from finished, it works well enough for me to feel comfortable sharing it with the world! 🙂

The game places you in a voluntary organization which is set up to help a small town after a devastating earthquake. Your goal is to do as much good as possible (indicated by happy children), by building houses and other projects for the community. You will also need to track your reputation within the organization, as the person with the highest reputation will have the most options when gathering resources.

The game takes about 15 minutes per player (excluding explanation) and can be played by 2 to 5 players. It is a resource-gathering game with a variation of role-selection. The twists are that there is an incentive to give away some of your resources and that you are penalized for hoarding resources.

To play you will need 5 files (all updated as of 8-4-2016):

To play the game you will also require the following for each player:

  • +/- 8 playing pieces that indicate “normal volunteers”. I use red cubes which I borrowed from another game. These can be exactly the same for each player.
  • +/- 2 playing pieces that indicate “expert volunteers”. I use green cubes from another game. These also can be exactly the same for each player.
  • +/- 5 playing pieces that indicate “wooden boards”. I use yellow cubes from another game.
  • +/- 5 playing pieces that indicate “coins”. I use coins from another game.
  • 4 discs in a single color. Each player will need their own set of 4 in a unique color. I used discs from another game. These should be stack-able

The game is based on my own experiences as a volunteer in Peru. I hope that the people I met there can appreciate my efforts at turning the work there into a game.
Download and print the files above, cut out the cards (45 in total, 32 Construction Project cards + 13 Continuous Project cards), read the rules, find some people to play and enjoy!

If you take the time to play I would very much appreciate any feedback you have!

Specifically I would like to hear about:

  • Anything that is unclear in the rules
  • Any questions that came up during play
  • How long did the game take (and with how many did you play)?
  • What did you like? What should definitely be kept in?
  • What was boring, difficult to understand, tedious, uninteresting? What should be changed?
  • What is your overall feel of the game?
  • Anything else you are willing to share

Feedback can be sent to:

I hope you enjoy playing as much as I enjoy making this!

Bastiaan ReininkI’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.

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