California Water Crisis

A project in Berkeley, CA by Alfred

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Cities and farms both need water, and you're stuck with hard choices in this simulation of water politics. 2-3 players, 60 minutes.
Backers: 50
Average Pledge Per Backer: $32

Funded: $1,612 of $300
Dates: Nov 6th -> Nov 25th (19 days)
Project By: Alfred
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Latest News

The Science & Politics Behind the Game - Different Cultural Approaches to Risk

November 24th - via:
Thanks to everyone for backing the game!  We've got just one day to go!  If you know anyone else that might be interested, send them the link at... (Read More)

Scenario 2 - Looking Downstream (The Future)

November 21st - via:
Below is a preview of the rules for the 2nd bonus scenario, Looking Downstream.  Set a few decades in the future, the challenge is to continue handling a growing population while dealing with water and food shortages.   While it may seem odd that... (Read More)

Got ideas for the future scenario? Let me know!

November 17th - via:
it looks like we'll be hitting Stretch Goal #2, so I've started planning the future scenario.  This one will be set in mid to late 21st century.  What are some of the biggest challenges you think will face Californians at that time?  Send me... (Read More)

Additional scenario unlocked! Late 1800s / Early 1900s: The Bad Old Days

November 14th - via:
Thanks to your support the first stretch goal has been reached!  Below are draft rules of the new scenario, which is about the late 1800s and early 1900s, when the state was one big boomtown and environmental awareness still a distant idea.  Also... (Read More)

The Science & Politics Behind the Game - Groundwater

November 13th - via:
Groundwater - Living off of an inheritance. Although California is in its 3rd year of drought, the impact has not been too severe yet.  To make up for the lack of rain, more groundwater is being pumped.  Normally, 30-40% of water comes from... (Read More)

Stretch Goal 1 - Historical Scenario - The Bad Old Days

November 12th - via:
Thanks to all your support, California Water Crisis is fully funded and almost at the first stretch goal!  I've started testing the bonus scenario, which is called the Bad Old Days and is set in the boomtown years of the late 1800s and early 20th... (Read More)

The Science & Politics Behind the Game - The California State Budget and Local Water Spending

November 9th - via:
The State Budget One might think that with the drought going on, water would take up a large share of the state budget.  However, even with this year's passage of a $7 billion water bond and $600 million of emergency drought response, spending on... (Read More)

Games on modern, pragmatic topics and themes

November 8th - via:
I once heard at a game conference discussion that games are artistic depictions of systems.  Just like how a painting shows a place or person the way the artist and/or client perceives it, games show a particular view of a system, whether it be... (Read More)

The Science & Politics Behind the Game - The Economics of Water

November 8th - via:
This is the 2nd in a series of in-depth explorations of the real life issues behind the game.  Water - not your average product: Water is essential to life, yet it is one of the cheapest commodities - even in Los Angeles, a penny buys 2 gallons of... (Read More)

The Science & Politics Behind the Game - Water Rights

November 7th - via:
This is the first of a series of in-depth posts on the scientific and political background behind the game.  Some HistoryIn California, water rights grant permission to divert water for "beneficial use".  In the earliest days of the state, one... (Read More)

Reference Materials used

November 6th - via:
California Water Crisis is based on many actual parts of California water politics.  Some of the reference materials used in creating the game include: The California Water Blog The Pacific Institute's site on the California Drought State of... (Read More)

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