This story is about two entrepreneurs – Alexey and Marat. After few years of working in Environmental services two ambitious friends realised that they have enough energy to do something on the side: to help people understand what does Sustainable Development really means in a nutshell.
That’s how world met “Ecologic” – In this game you are presented with a leading role – you will have to manage the income from natural resources mining, spending a part of it on preserving and restoring the natural environment. At the same time, you have to be able to earn money and expand your industry. Thus, the player has to be both a good natural resource manager and a strong business leader.
And that is where the main challenge lies – on the intersection of economy and environment. What is more important: to earn a lot of money or to preserve the Nature ?
preserve the nature of course what’s the question Game authors answer that it is the balance that matters. Sustainable development means earning steady income while maintaining favourable environmental condition, instead of degrading the environment for maximum profit. In other words, such extremes as “wild capitalism” or “radical environmentalism” lead to failure in the world of EcoLogic.
The player’s goal is to have approximately equal amount of Coins and Sustainability Points by the end of the game. However, the total amount is also important: if the players have similar balance, the one with the higher sum of Coins and Sustainability Points wins. This idea of a two-dimensional game goal and seeking the balance makes EcoLogic stand out from most other competitive and strategic board games.
Your Refineries bring you income. Purchasing Sustainable Initiative cards lets you accumulate Sustainability Points, which are inevitably spent on compensating the environmental damage from the Refineries. The ecosystems have limited capacity, and if a player causes environmental crisis, they will have to close some of the Refineries and lose income. Thus, the game helps realize that human well-being depends on the state of the environment, and shows how humans are able to improve it.
Sustainable Initiative cards are informative and explain such concepts, as Environmental insurance, Environmental management, Phytoremediation and others. Such design approach makes the game a good tool for educating children, youth and adults about sustainability in an original and engaging form.
The game has built-in mechanics that can suddenly shift your balance one or another way. Just like in the real world, you will have to consider the effects of random events in EcoLogic. The game also presents such business phenomena as auctions (tenders) and competition. Therefore, it does not only expand the idea of a sustainable development, but also stimulates the players to use their “business skills” – the ability to think several steps ahead, lead business negotiations and adapt in a quickly changing environment.
Currently they are working on the digital version of the game and planning to expand user base through introduction of multi-language support.