Board Games

Changing the Rules of the Game

There’s a game mechanism called area control. Usually, those who are already in a dominant position continue to do well if large numbers of pieces are removed from the board.

Some games might have a runaway leader, a negative game state which shows how we desire fairness and equal competition to make games better for everyone. Unfortunately, players who are disproportionately punished by random events, or players who are disadvantaged from unbalanced asymmetric sides result in a game state where certain players cannot recover without the other players intervening. Whether players are aware of the inequity or not, those who enjoy a winning result should not count it as a win.

Why, then, do we accept it in life? The board state in America is unfair. The stacked event deck disproportionately targets people of color. The social and economic model in society makes every turn harder to catch up. 

Everyone at Board Game Quest agrees the board state is unfair. The murders of George Floyd, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbrey, and so many others illustrates that fact. Do we, as players accept it, or do we speak up? The game should be made more equitable. Black lives matter.

At Board Game Quest, we stand for implementing fairness in our economic policies and shunning prejudiced financial institutions. We want to see discriminatory social policies change. We want racist curriculum removed from our schools. We want people of color to feel safe in their own communities, in their own homes. The sum total of systemic racism in our society is frightening to us. It needs to change.

But we’ll simply appeal to you as gamers. Considering the rules of our society, would you want to be the black token? If you knew someone at the table had no chance at a fair game, would you say something? The game has been going for quite a few rounds now. It’s high time we say something and take action to change the game. 

A few actions taken by BGQ staff include donations to organizations such as The Bail Project, ACLU, Black Lives Matter; contacting our elected representatives about the unjust use of force against civilian protesters; participation at local protests; educating ourselves about white privilege; supporting Black-owned businesses. These are all personal, individual decisions but we wanted to share what actions we are taking on this playing field. We are committed to taking action during this difficult time and collaborating with one another to ensure we do our part in responding appropriately to racism, bigotry, and oppression.

–The BGQ Staff

Credit: Changing the Rules of the Game