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CAFOD’s FLOOD! game

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This isn’t new—FLOOD! was released back in 2014 or so, as part of a larger package of educational resources—but well worth looking at: a game on flood mitigation and emergency response by CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The game was developed by  Terrorbull Games, an iconoclastic game developer known for War on Terror: The Boardgame, The Hen Commandments (“chicken-based, religion-building party game”), and Crunch (an international finance game for “utter bankers”), among others.

Flood main page

FLOOD! is nicely put together. Players are faced with having to balance between immediate response actions (evacuating, protecting, or rescuing the affected population, or building flood barriers) and more strategic enabling initiatives (fund-rasing, developing local partnerships, or on-the-ground-assessment). Resources are limited, as is time.

The game comes with a Powerpoint that walks the players through each turn, and a full game can be played in about half an hour. The game is intended for secondary school school audiences aged 13 or older, but—since it is fast and easy to play—could also work well with university or other participants as an ice-breaker or to spark discussion.

You’ll find the game and other educational resources here (CAFOD), and additional information on the game design here (Terrorbull).

For other games that examine floods and similar emergencies, see:

h/t Tom Mouat 

One response to “CAFOD’s FLOOD! game

  1. brtrain 08/04/2016 at 12:50 pm

    Good work. I like Terrorbull Games. I must get this “Hen Commandments” game, to complete my collection.

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