Scorched Earth is an educational, board-less board game which interactively teaches players about global climate change.
Hey Kickstarter! We’re Three of Hearts. We’re a group of teens collaborating, meeting and talking every Saturday afternoon to create a board game.
We work sitting around a kitchen table and fuel our thinking with M&M’s and outrageous amounts of salsa. Our ideas cover the walls, giant post-it monuments to how far we've come and to inspire us as to how far we can still go. All silliness aside, our goal is to educate people everywhere about an issue that affects all of us: global climate change.
It’s hard to balance education with fun, but our strategy is to use innovative technology in our game, in a way that will promote the joy in learning.
A couple of years ago, Scorched Earth: Not Just a Bunch of Hot Air was nothing but a picture and a dream. We hadn’t even picked out the name. Our initial game design couldn’t be more different from what we’ve chosen to take to market. It didn’t have many of the features we have today and resembled a much more traditional board game.
Over the years, we’ve seen many components change. Mirrors, lasers, card shooters, and electronic dice were all considered, and left behind, at various stages of our game development. One Saturday, we were working to fine tune game-play, and it hit us that our design was obsolete. We didn’t need to make players move along spaces on a game board. But, could we still call it a board game if it didn’t have a board? Why not and the “board-less board game” was born.
Our game board is replaced by a color-changing dome, patterned to look like the Northern Hemisphere with a digital display floating in the Pacific Ocean. Players work to change the color of the globe from red to green by correctly answering questions about various environmental topics, learning which technologies are more “green” in order to invest in them and reacting to natural events.
Beyond just teaching facts about the environment and global climate change, the game is set up to encourage thinking about how your actions affect the whole world and how what we do now will affect our future. Game-play also requires players to work together to improve the globe’s color, demonstrating how we must all work together to help slow the effects of global climate change.
We’ve been working on this game for 4 years. The next step is to build a prototype. Your help is appreciated so much because constructing a prototype takes our dreams and our hard work and makes them something real and tangible. Every investment makes a huge difference no matter how big or small. Our next steps include contracting with our engineer, paying for materials and hiring a lawyer so that we can patent our game. Your support and involvement takes our giant post-it note ideas and makes you a part of bringing them to life. For more information, find us at:
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