Equity is an economic board game under development in collaboration with Jan Richard Svendsen. It is now in early beta stages. The game is a study of economy and psychology surrounding the themes of finance, bubbles, options and speculation. And off course; fine arts investment!
In the German tradition of modern board games, Equity is a fast paced game where all players are involved in every turn of the game. There is only one game piece moving around the board keeping track of progress. The core of the gameplay is auctions of stocks and works of art, with bonus opportunities for the winner of every auction. Challenging the players to a balancing act between price setting and risk taking.
The base of the game is the clinical psychological research on bubble formation by economist Vernon Smith, where players are bidding against each other selling and buying fictive stocks in a open information market. In our board game we have couppled this test with elements of chance and face to face negotiations. Creating a set of rules in witch players are encouraged to be creative and social in fighting their way to ultimately beeing crowned as the winner.
Our hope is to create a game that can help the players to understand more about economic functions, learn certain financial terms and consider how value is beeing created within a social system. It will be a crossover between an art project and a commercial product.
Equity is now beeing tested and we have executed more than 30 focus groups already, changing the gameplay as we recieve feedback from players. We hope to have the first printed proto type ready by the end of 2015 and continue the focus groups for further development of the player experience and the learning potential of the content. The main focus and challenge in this phase is how to make sure the game contains elements such as: learning by doing, fun, social interaction, meaningful choices, balance between skill and luck, creating insight in finacial terms and replayability through numerous paths and strategies to victory. We are also working towards keeping the playing time within two hours
The game will be self published and we are currently seeking support and planning to set up a kickstarter campaign next year. In the coming years we aim to print the first edition of the game in a classic wooden box with wooden dice, metal game piece and the board and cards printed on quality cardboard to make a lasting, durable and decorative game with high replaying value.
The game will be made available through its own webpage: www.equityboardgame.com and marketed online on social media, board game sites and on chosen youtube channels. Initially we will approach relevant retail stores in Norway to test the market. Utilizing the crossover nature of the game we also plan to visit game conventions, art book fairs and various seasonal markets with our product once printed.
The graphics will be designed in collaboration with illustrator and tattoo artist Alexander Trowell www.alextattooer.com
Visit the official webpage here: http://www.equityboardgame.com/