FIRST RESPONDERS!’ is a board game that seeks to open up a conversation about disasters, teaching individuals and communities disaster preparedness as well as collaboration and empathy.
‘FIRST RESPONDERS!’ is a board game about a community hit by a hurricane, within the first 72 hours, when players can only rely on themselves and each other for support. With ‘FIRST RESPONDERS!’, we not only initiate a conversation around disaster preparedness, we also provide people the tools and necessary self-reflection to become their own first responders. The game gives the players a greater comprehension of possible scenarios of a disaster and dilemmas emerging from them. The frame and gameplay teaches players empathy and collaboration in the face of difficult decisions when collective and individual goals come into conflict, as aiding other players is the only way to win the game. ‘No Responders’ opens up a conversation around a sensitive and emotionally fraught space, as well as reinforcing community and understanding of agency, by bringing people together and rewarding them for making a collective effort towards everyone’s well-being.