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Hi there!! We are thrilled that you took the time to check out our project. Thank you!  

The board game we present you has been developed as a tool to facilitate the learning of project management concepts in a fun and engaging way. It is intended for project management trainers and consultants, project managers, project team leaders and team members. Basically, for all those involved in projects who want to improve their project management knowledge while having a great time together with their team!

We can’t be sure aliens exist in the real world, but in the world of PM Galaxy®, they certainly do! An advanced civilization, called the Arcturians, visited Earth thousands of years ago and since then have been waiting ….and waiting….and waiting…. for us to contact them. Luckily, the new discovered artifacts, found deep in the Sahara desert, are providing all the information we need in order to reach their Galaxy and learn the secrets they want to share with us. Earth is preparing for this exciting challenge and is launching a series of interdependent projects – The Gate, The Shield, The Alloy, The Fortress & The Messenger - to build the Intergalactic Gate which will allow us to travel through space and deliver a message.

PM Galaxy® is a collaborative and competitive board game for 3 to 5 players, where each player, alias „project manager”, takes control of a distinctive project. Although each project manager fights to be the first one to complete his or her project, these projects are interdependent and share, as it always happens, limited resources. The task of each project manager is to guide their projects through its phases, gathering resources by answering quizzes and investing those resources to overcome challenges. The Game is available (for now) in English and Romanian languages. More to come. 

We built PM Galaxy® to cover both the fun part (the secret ingredient to building a team) and the educational part as well. It can be anything you want – a board game to play with your team, a learning tool, a training instrument, you name it. PM Galaxy® is meant to help players learn and remember key concepts of project management and best practices in the field, by testing their knowledge and rewarding them for their efforts in a fun and engaging way.

We also have been using the game in our project management training sessions with great success. The participants love it and it adds a nice twist to the classic project management training. The game can be used throughout the whole training with debrief sessions or at the end as a Recap tool. It raises the energy and adds great 'Aha' moments through experiential learning.

The goal of the game, which was developed based on the Project Management Institute standards, is to gather all necessary project documents and resources for your project, while also helping the project you depend on, in order to win. Or you could just look after yourself and hope for the best or sabotage the other players, but we strongly advise against it. From our experience so far this approach didn’t prove fruitful, neither in the PM Galaxy nor in real life :)

You set up the game and pick a project card (depending on the number of players). 

You then decide if you advance one or two positions on the board (every time).

If you land on a Quiz symbol, you draw a Quiz card and answer it (sand glass is provided to limit the time to 1 minute). There are multiple-option and True or False type of quizzes.

  

If you answer correctly, you gain resources, which will help you manage your project in the execution phase. A cheat sheet is provided with all answers and explanations.  

When you reach a gate, you pay the cost for passing it. In exchange, you get a project document (approval).

If you land on a Challenge symbol, you must draw a Challenge card, act on it and pay the price. The challenges are similar to what you face in any project: unexpected events, annoying delays, unhappy stakeholders, unscheduled team parties.. you name it! They add the "salt&pepper" to the learning experience, raise the fun and force you to find ways to deal with them by yourself or by collaborating with another player. 

 And don’t forget about the lessons learned! You’ll need them if you want to win.

 The first player who gathers all the necessary documents & resources wins, provided the project he depends on has also entered the closing stage of his or her project.

 

The game can take anywhere between 20-30 minutes/player, depending on the number of players. The more, the merrier! :)

 

  

 

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Risks and challenges

There are none! Well, that may be a bit optimistic. This is the first complex board game we have created, so it is possible to encounter some difficulties along the way. However, we are project managers so.. risks are just another day at the office. We seriously applied Project Risk Management and for every risk identified there is a planned response (yes, we do have a Risk Register :) ).

The main risk would be to have delays in production. We’ve already discussed production costs and timeline, as well as design aspects with the manufacturers. The board game also doesn’t contain any complex items, so we expect no hiccups and production should be straightforward.
The next risk would be shipping, where again, the main aspect are delays. Shipping will be EU friendly, and we will do our best to make it friendly and on time for everyone.

What we can assure you of is that we will be completely honest, transparent and open with our backers, and will keep you up to date with everything. We will provide all necessary information and we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our project or even ourselves, unless they are too personal. :)

We believe in this game and all that it stands for and with your help we can turn it into an awesome and rewarding adventure, filled with fun, lessons and more, for everyone.

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