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How to play
The Future City Game usually takes one or two days and is played by the inhabitants of the host city. The essential prerequisite for generating new, creative ideas, is the utmost diversity of the players’ disciplines or social backgrounds.

Future City Game Method and Structure

If you would like to play the game in your city, contact your local licensed organisation or games master.

The Future City Game usually takes one or two days and is played by the inhabitants of the host city. The essential prerequisite for generating new, creative ideas, is the utmost diversity of the players’ disciplines or social backgrounds.

Participants are divided in teams of four to five people. They are given the task of coming up with a new, original, yet relevant and viable idea for improvement of the life in their city. Furthermore, they are asked to present their idea understandably to the observers present including the representatives of the city, a range of experts and other citizens attending the presentation of the results of this two-day work. Players in each team have to be able to collaborate and use all their skills and knowledge efficiently to create a project that best meets the given criteria and convinces everyone to cast their vote for their team.

 

The FCG has three basic stages: generation of visions, their testing and an elaboration of specific ideas. At the beginning, the players consider global issues of modern cities and com-pare them to the situation in their city. Next, they come up with different solutions of one or several of these problems. Solutions proposed by each team during the first day offer a unique opportunity to identify areas which people most often consider to be problematic. At the end of the first day the teams choose one of the proposed ideas, whose viability and usefulness is tested on the second day, when it is also elaborated upon. The game ends with a vote on the best idea, carried out in accordance with given rules which all players are familiar with.


A graphic illustration of the game’s process is presented above. However, the most important stage comes often after the game itself has actually finished – this is the moment when decisions are made on how the results are going to be handled. The FCG is most often run by the city or in co-operation with it, so city officials should utilise it as a method in making use of the citizens’ creative potential, as well as offer an opportunity for dialogue between the public sector and the city’s inhabitants, between professionals and non-professionals.

In the ‘Start Up Manual’ you can find a detailed description of things you need to know in order to organise the game.

Benefits of the Game

Future City Game’s main stakeholders are FCG licensed organisations/individuals and partner organisations, sponsors, Games Masters and players themselves. A number of benefits to each group are included in the diagram below