Depenz – The Emotional Intelligence Board Game

DEPENZ – The Emotional Intelligence Board Game

We live in an age where computer games monopolize our children’s time and attention, and family communication is being pushed into ever smaller corners. This is a game that allows all the family to participate, on equal terms and in which communication skills are developed from the most elemental to the most advanced.
The game arose from the need for open-ended communication activities in the language classroom. The mechanics of the game are simple counter movements on the throw of the die, coupled with a simple course of strategy to choose your level of risk and benefits, by choosing your path out of three possible circuits of increasing risk and rewards.
The highlight of the game is a negotiation (that will come up every five or ten minutes) involving all the players where one player asks to be saved from a dire situation. The question “Will you help me get out of this hole?” begs the answer “That depends…” hence the name of the game.

The negotiation is always a success: the player in trouble always ends up being saved and the negotiators always benefit in some way from the negotiation process. So the players are always motivated to come back to the negotiating table.
The principle that negotiation always yields benefits is applicable to so many aspects of our lives, from talking about household chores to international peace processes. The breakdown of negotiation can be the cause of domestic strife or an international holocaust.

Here, it would mean the end of the game, though in more than a thousand trial runs, every negotiation ended successfully, whether the players were five-year-olds or bank directors.

In fact both a five-year-old and a board of bank managers have had an active participation in the development of the game. I hope you have as much fun as they did.

To sum up, DEPENZ is a communication activity for the home, for the language classroom, or as a passtime or party diversion. 
To order the game for just € 29.66, contact me.


~ by rjprince on April 13, 2013.

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