Rise Up is an ethically made board game about building people power and beating oppressive systems together, made by the creators of Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives and Loud & Proud. It’s a fun, engaging game that explores social movements and what it takes to band together and win—even when the cards are stacked against us.
RISE UP, A GAME FOR ORGANIZERS, ACTIVISTS, AND PEOPLE CURIOUS ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE
Through Rise Up: The Game of People and Power, players have fun while also discovering social movement strategies and tactics in an exciting, participatory setting. Rise Up activates imaginations and inspires dialogue about the change we need to create a more just, healthy world. Pre-order it here.
A great choice for game nights with friends, family, organizers, and activists, Rise Up is an alternative to many mainstream board games that feature themes of conquest, exploitation, and warfare.
Rise Up also has an innovative design. Flip the board over, and you’ll be able to play Rise Up Simplified, a version that’s quicker to learn and has more streamlined rules. Rise Up Simplified is appropriate for younger kids and people who have less experience with games. It can be played with co-workers, in workshops, after hours at conferences or retreats, and in community organizing settings.
In both versions, players come up with a movement and take creative actions to fight for victory. Rise Up is a cooperative game; everyone wins or loses together.
The game weaves a story about your movement, which can be either based in reality (like stopping an oil pipeline) or fictional (like fighting for dragon rights). But the System is hard at work too, maneuvering to crush your movement through tactics like setting up surveillance, making arrests, or causing infighting.
Rise Up is being developed, designed, and manufactured by a team of activists, artists, game designers, and cooperators. We’re dedicated to manufacturing Rise Up in an ethical way: it will be entirely produced in the United States using environmentally friendly materials, and nearly 100% of the money spent on the manufacturing will go to a worker-owned company.
This is revolutionary for board games—as far as we know, it has never been done before for a game of this scale or scope. Both of our previous games, Co-opoly and Loud & Proud, are made in the USA, and Co-opoly was 65% manufactured by worker co-ops. Now we’re building on that achievement.