Let's play with the money system
Money Maker is a fun board game about creating money, debt and credit set in 16th century Amsterdam, the Golden Age of the Netherlands.
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Money Maker is a fun and serious game that demonstrates the effects of the money system on our economy and behaviours. The game is set in the 17th century - the Golden Age of both the financial system and the Dutch economy.
Money Maker is a combination of Catan, Monopoly and Poker. As opposed to Monopoly, in Money Maker every player is a commercial bank!
Goal of the game: end up as the bank with the most money or the least debt, using endless credit.
Players from 11 years and up enjoyed Money Maker. Afterwards, 85% of players understand money, credit, debt, basic economics and have a context in which to place societal affairs.
Its one of the best games me and my friends have ever played. You guys re-created "Settlers of Catan" but with a more sophisticated mechanism and dedicated explanation of our monetary system.
Playing the game was an entirely new experience to me. I find the monetary system confusing and cluttered. The game gave me an insight in the mechanics of the monetary system in a fun and joyful way.
Through this game I finally understood that the system I live in is just a game and the ones brave enough to gamble, will be the ones that win... After playing I see through the banking system.
Every player is a commercial bank. It is your goal to end up as the richest bank of Amsterdam. You do this by earning as much money as you can. Luckily, you have an endless supply of credit to invest!
The game works like this:
But be careful! The more credit is introduced into the economy, the more inflation will rise, causing fluctuating prices. You might not get the return you were counting on and cause a financial crisis...
The board represents the city of Amsterdam with its canals. The city visualizes the flow of credit through an economy as well as functions as a playful balance sheet.
The canals from the outside in represent credit ratings. Every player starts in the outer ring. When banks successfully pay off their credit, they may upgrade to higher credit rating levels where they can take larger risks!
There are two manuals: The Beginner's game version and the full version. You can download them from here in the four languages: Danish, Dutch, English and German