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Solve San Francisco's housing crisis in this accurate & exciting simulation.  Where will you zone for more homes?
Solve San Francisco's housing crisis in this accurate & exciting simulation.  Where will you zone for more homes?
Solve San Francisco's housing crisis in this accurate & exciting simulation. Where will you zone for more homes?
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Bay Area Regional Planner

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Where will you zone for more homes?  Get ready to negotiate!
The San Francisco Bay Area faces a housing crisis.  With far more people wanting to live here than there are homes, rents have risen to record heights.  However, building new housing isn't easy, with concerns about traffic, views, gentrification, and open space, to name just a few.  Still, the problem can be solved, though not by San Francisco alone. You'll have to plan and build regionally.

In Bay Area Regional Planner, you'll be given some policy goals to fulfill.  On each round, you'll negotiate with the other players to decide where to zone for more housing.  Everyone must be in agreement, so get ready to compromise and make coalitions! 

Bay Area Regional Planner is for 2-12 players and typical games run 60-120 minutes.

One way to solve the housing crisis
One way to solve the housing crisis

More than a game

You'll have more than just fun when playing Bay Area Regional Planner: you'll be navigating real world strategies and challenges in the Bay Area planning process. Developed as an educational tool for the San Francisco Bay Area Renters' Federation, Bay Area Regional Planner tries to be as accurate as possible to actual issues and numbers.

Game data on commute time and current numbers of housing units are sourced from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments' Bay Area Census. Policy goals are based on actual feedback to regional plans at ABAG's Plan Bay Area public outreach workshops, and the consensus-based decision making is an abstraction of how the public process here works.

Let's add some new homes!
Let's add some new homes!

The game has been tested with gamers, housing activists, and the general public. It is my hope that through playing Bay Area Regional Planner, people can get a better understanding of the competing needs of different residents in the region, and understand where and how new homes can be located in this growing region. To reach the widest possible audience, the game will also be released as a free print and play Creative Commons PDF.

Game Board

Game Board final version
Game Board final version


Game Rules

Bay Area Regional Planner Game Rules page 1
Bay Area Regional Planner Game Rules page 1
Bay Area Regional Planner Game Rules page 2
Bay Area Regional Planner Game Rules page 2

 
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 $40 + Shipping: 1 Copy of the Game - Get a professionally printed copy of the game.  Printed in the USA by The Game Crafter. 18"x18" rigid folding game board with cardboard and plastic pieces.

Game Components
Game Components

  $150: Sponsorship + 1 Copy of the Game: Your name / company name / organization listed as a sponsor in 12-point font on the back of the box.  Also comes with 1 copy of the game.  Free shipping!

 $400: Major Sponsorship + 1 Copy of the Game: Your company / organization logo on the front of the box and also listed as a sponsor in 12-point font on the back of the box. Also comes with 1 copy of the game. Free shipping!

Risks and challenges

The main challenge that might occur after funding would be 1) delays in getting sponsor info for the game box and 2) long queues in production at The Game Crafter.

I will be contacting sponsors as they pledge to get as much info and artwork from them ahead of time. There will be a December 27th cutoff date. Production time at The Game Crafter in the past has been 1-3 weeks, so if orders are placed at the end of December they should arrive late January / early February.

Should any setbacks arise, I will keep you updated. In the unlikely event that TGC experiences major delays I will look into alternate suppliers.

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