Civil Defense: The Strategic Humanitarian Crisis Response Game is a simulation table top boardgame that introduces the basics of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action to players with or without any background in disaster risk reduction or humanitarian work. The design of the game was inspired by the creator’s many years of experience in social development work, humanitarian action, and disaster risk reduction. Some game scenarios were based on the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda experience or true events. The game allows full engagement and interaction among players that can be played from 2 to 6 players or more. Disaster awareness education needs an upgrade from posters, books, lectures & manuals. Support & Play the #CivilDefenseBoardGame Campaign.
The Back (Beer) Story:
The boardgame was first conceptualized during one of the many sleepless nights while I was on temporary duty as an assistant humanitarian area coordinator in Palo, Leyte; during the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda disaster. Having nothing to pass the time in my tent (other than drinking cases of beer), I thought about an entertaining way to teach disaster awareness that would be fun to play and at the same time educational that families, private organizations, students, and government agencies can enjoy. This idea kept haunting me until I finally sketched out the first prototype a few months after returning from my deployment. Two years of development, a seed grant, and a few play testing later gave birth to the first prototype. Currently in its fourth iteration, the boardgame is constantly evolving in response to player feedback and professional suggestions to improve the design and gameplay. But now is in its most playable and learnable edition available. Together we can play, learn, and survive to be resilient Filipinos. For a limited time, this is your opportunity now to take part in this game changing boardgame about hazards, risks, disasters, and humanitarian action.
The Goal (Scheme):
This boardgame will put you in the shoes of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action professionals. By supporting this project, not only will you enjoy hours of fun with friends, family, and strangers; but also, help us spread this alternative approach to engaging youths and adults in becoming advocates of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action. The days of boring powerpoints and sit down lectures are over. Tangential experiential learning that espouses the use of full sensory experience as an effective teaching method is found in this game.
This project aims to release the first commercial print of the boardgame to the world. Further, this is in support of raising funds to conduct public game workshops to most at risk areas in the country while using the boardgame as an alternative teaching tool for disaster awareness activities. Together we can create a community of people learning and doing disaster awareness & humanitarian action. And in the future maybe a national competition to see who is the best at Civil Defense the Boardgame!
The Man (Board Game Geek):
Mr. Francis Josef C. Gasgonia is a professional Environmental Planner that specializes in Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Planning currently involved in developing plans for local government units and private real estate developers as well as developing alternative tools for disaster education and spatial planning. He likes cartography and GIS, but not as much as mountaineering, Filipino Martial Arts, MMA, and Circuit Training.
The board game introduces knowledge & skills in the service for disaster risk reduction and humanitarian relief that is fun and enjoyable.
Civil Defense - Disaster Awareness and Humanitarian Action Boardgame (Based on True Events)
raised of a ₱ 300,000 goal