Here are the C@rds in Common – A game of political collaboration that documents the commons
1- First off, what are the C@rds in Common ?
C@rds in Common is a tabletop card game where 2 to 5 players collaborate to create a resilient civil society capable of defending against enclosing forces. This game is composed of cards created by commoners from around the world who, together, painted a portrait of the commons so that, when you play, you play with real projects against real world problems. This game has essentially a double function : it’s a conversation facilitator on common themes which accomplishes on this intent via the mediums of fun and play and it’s a snapshot of some of the realities of the commons, a tool that will hopefully help us continue to document the commons using cards as containers of information
2 – Interesting ! What if I want to know more about the game ?
We’ve got a ton of media ready to help people learn more about this game.
Here’s a video tutorial on the game mechanics to help you get a sense of what kind of game it is and to help you get ready for your first games : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sinUTojLNg0
Next we’ve got a playful article that tells a story on the creation process here http://metacollabmontreal.com/participatory-documentation-practices/
and a video that tells a similar story, if reading isn’t your favourite thing : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sceYsEIhCyg
Finally, we’ve got a very detailed document on the step by step creation of this tool that is currently only in french but will hopefully be translated by someone awesome very soon (you? 😉 ) http://cartesencommun.cc/index.php?title=Documentation_sur_le_processus_de_cr%C3%A9ation
3- What are the C@rds in Common for ?
In essence, this tool exists at the intersection of play and learning. It’s primarily a fun card game to play with friends which helps grapple with some of the questions relevant to the common cause.
Here are a few ideas as to where / how to use the game once you have it
with friends and family, for laughs and a challenge
with political / activist organizations in your community
In your local libraries
with the game creation geeks in your area
in learning activities around the commons
Mostly with people you know who have yet to discover the world of the commons.
4 – Ok, I’m interested, how do I get a copy of this game ?
There are 3 options open to those interested in getting the game :
a- visit http://cardsincommon.cc/ to download the source files and print the game yourself (currently under construction)
(from my experience, self-printing costs about 25 to 30$ Canadian)
b-Visit https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/c-rds-in-common to order you full copy, complete with box and booklet.
(This item is sold to you at cost but, if you do not reside in the US, careful of shipping costs !)
c-Reduce your shipping costs by joining a group pre-order by writing to email@example.com if you are in Canada or to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com if you are in Europe.
5 – I live in Montreal and would love to come and a play a game with you sometime soon ! What should I do ?
Very soon, we’ll annonce a celebration of the release of the C@rds in Common for Montreal. Please follow https://www.facebook.com/MetacollabMontreal/events/ to get the info as soon as it’s published!
6- I live in Europe and also want to play games with you all ! Hwhat should I do?
7 – I’d like to join to help the project move along. What can I do ?
That’s very nice of you ! We have the ambition of sharing everything that is needed to help people create their own cards and full games while letting the tool grow in potential and power but we do, indeed, need your help ! If you want to get involved, create an account here and stay tuned for such invitations : http://cardsincommon.cc/
8-and do you have a social media page where I can share pictures and videos of games I’ve played ?
Yes indeed! https://www.facebook.com/Cartesencommun/?fref=ts
9 – I’d like to write an article or share this story in some way, what do I need to do ?
You are more than welcomed to share this information and anything you find in the above links. Furthermore, if you require additional information not found here, don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, you can find a selection of pictures of our project here to spruce up your publication here : http://cartesencommun.cc/index.php?title=Sp%C3%A9cial:Liste_des_fichiers
A great many thanks for all your continued support and I wish you a wonderful time playing C@rds in Common !
Metacollab Montreal : http://metacollabmontreal.com/cartes-en-commun/