Digital “Cards Against Calamity” A Finalist at the 2019 G4C Awards

May 2019

(Washington, D.C.)—The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is excited to announce that Cards Against Calamity, a digital game created by 1st Playable in partnership with ELI and NOAA Fisheries, is a finalist for the 2019 G4C Awards in the “Best Learning Game” category. Finalists were selected by experts in games and social change, through a rigorous process, from almost 200 submissions.  As a finalist, Cards Against Calamity will be exhibited at the 2019 Games for Change Festival in New York City from June 17-19.

Cards Against CalamityCoastal storms, marine debris, flooding, or any other possible troubles could bring economic or environmental disaster to an unprepared coastal community. Based on real data, including NOAA Fisheries’  Vulnerability and Resilience of Fishing Communities IndicatorsCards Against Calamity teaches stakeholders about the various strategies they can use to build a more resilient community as a means of “bouncing back and building beyond.” In this web-based game, the player takes on the role of mayor and must keep the town running while managing both shocks, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, and stresses, such as aging infrastructure and water pollution. The player must balance the needs of different stakeholder groups in order to succeed and remain in office. 

The 2019 Games for Change Festival  allows developers, creators, researchers, technologists, educators, policymakers, and non-profits to share and learn how they can leverage the power of games and immersive media for social good. Cards Against Calamity will be presented as an awards finalist at the G4C Awards Ceremony on the evening of June 17th.  A short reception will follow the ceremony, where attendees can mingle and demo the finalist games.

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