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POSTPONED: Bartertown: Game Night

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mar 30

Mon, Mar 30 2020, 7PM - 9PM

Exploratorium, Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California, 94111 View map

Part of event series: Architecture Lecture Series Spring 2020

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CCA Architecture Division

Event description

The Exploratorium and California College of the Arts are pleased to present, Bartertown. An evening playing a life-sized version of Bartertown, a board game on climate change and social resilience, with game designer Janette Kim of CCA’s Urban Works Agency.

Immerse yourself in the struggles of Bartertown, a game and fictional land that asks how new networks of care and sociability can emerge in a world without money. This event stages Bartertown as a human-scale board game, in which players must brave disasters such as climate change, a stock market crash or even a divorce. Players exchange favors and resources to survive, using unique ‘powers’ that trade in alternate forms of currency: property, inventiveness, mobility, generosity and influence. Whether they win or lose, dominate or inspire, players will explore unexpected ways to strategize, negotiate, and reshape both the city and the home through a new economy of favors and resource-sharing.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite and choose whether you will watch or play (with a limit of 10 players).

Entry details

RSVP via Eventbrite required to play the game.

This event is being held in a wheelchair accessible building. Visitors may be asked to show identification and sign in at the entrance to the building. The lecture room is wheelchair accessible, with moveable seating, and located near gender-specific wheelchair accessible bathrooms. ASL interpretation will not be offered at the event. The lecture uses a slide presentation. All content from the slides will be read aloud or described. Please email access questions to