ArtCraftTech 2009: Health Economy Game
How do we make decisions about the way we use our time and money? What is health, and where does it intersect with wealth? The answers may surprise you...
The objective of the game is to survive yourself AND to make sure that the world also survives.
Health Economy: Rules of the Game
How To Play
When you enter you will be given two cards and a sash holding 1 green Wealth Token and 5 clear Health Tokens. One card is your OCCUPATION, one card is your HEALTH STATUS.
The objective of the game is to survive yourself AND to make sure that the world also survives. Your personal survival is measured in Health Tokens. World Health has two measures: Wellness and Medicine, which are measured by large public meters.
Every 3 minutes the Morning Bell rings. This may vary according to the number of people in play. Every time it rings you must remove two Health Tokens from your sash and place them in any convenient Health Token receptacle, and the Wellness and Medicine Meters each decrease by 10 points.
If you run out of Health Tokens, you will die. If the Wellness and Medicine Meters go down to 0, everybody dies. If you die, you are free to play again. If the world dies…well, then it’s all over.
There are three main Stations--Food, Work, and World Health. There are four substations each in the Work and World Health Stations. You may visit a Work, and World Health whenever you wish, unless your OCCUPATION and HEALTH STATUS specifies otherwise. You may visit the Food station once per “day (that is, between the bells).
Cooperation is encouraged. Please feel free to trade, barter, or give your Wealth tokens for any reason. Health tokens can only be traded in specific Stations.
To get more Health Tokens you may:
- “Buy” Health Tokens at the Food Station using your Wealth Tokens.
- Participate in the World Health Agora.
To earn points for the Wellness Meter and the Medicine Meter you may:
- Participate in World Health Knowledge
- Participate in World Health Art
- Participate in World Health Peace
- Participate in the World Health Agora
To replenish your Wealth Tokens you may work at the Work Stations. Where you may work, how your work affects the world and how your work is affected by the world is determined by your OCCUPATION. Please check your card for specifics.
Your actions are affected by your HEALTH STATUS. Please check your card for specifics.
Once you are done playing please take some time to fill out our EXIT POLL.