Game Design Concept Report: Application of the WeShareIt Game Elements in Nzoia River Basin

Abby Onencan, Bert Enserink, Bartel van de Walle

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In early 2016, we designed Nzoia WeShareIt game to support joint decision-making, in a complex river basin, through policy practice in the form of water allocation trade-offs between food, energy, and nature. Nzoia WeShareIt game is a multi-player hybrid cooperation game.

This concept report is a detailed description of the Nzoia WeShareIt game elements and their application. The report comprises of four main parts: the introduction, the body which details the game elements, a section dealing with the publications, which is the main project outcome and the appendices. In this report, the game elements section consists of fifteen parts. The first part is the introduction, followed by a description of the fourteen game elements. Two critical components of the game elements section are the explanation of the game contents and the game cycles including the steps of play. The five steps of play are harvest, trade, payment of the penalty, invest and re-allocate.

The appendices comprise of three parts: an explanation of the transition from BIOMAdneSS to WeShareIt, a detailed description of the changes we made when transitioning to Nile and Nzoia WeShareIt and a picture collage. The picture collage consists of various pictures of the Nile WeShareIt session and the seven Nzoia WeShareIt game sessions. Finally, we provide a list of bibliography.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages52
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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