Can you crack and pack voters? Can you scheme and strategize? | Can you create unfair, lopsided, strangely shaped districts that will guarantee your party's victory? | Gerrymandering with friends and family is a whole lot of fun | Game includes regional map, manual, district borders, voter tokens, and more
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In Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game, 1-4 players take turns drawing districts in 30-45 minutes. Can you crack and pack voters? Can you scheme and strategize? Can you create unfair, lopsided, strangely shaped districts that will guarantee your party's victory? Gerrymandering with friends and family (when it does not affect real voters) is a whole lot of fun.
Mapmaker is fast to learn and fast to play. It is full of surprises, maneuvers, and outmaneuvers. It is a simple way to try your hand at gerrymandering.
Three siblings from a gerrymandered district in Austin, TX invented Mapmaker. The game funded in its first six hours on Kickstarter with support from 1,468 teachers, families, and anti-gerrymandering advocates. Mapmaker received a Father Geek seal of approval and has been featured on national news, including NPR and NBC.
"What a fantastic, fun way to educate people about gerrymandering." – Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Engrossing.” – Steve Jackson, inventor of Munchkin
"Better than Catan.” – Aaron Schimmoller, Settlers of Catan addict
"I sat down to play with some colleagues during lunch, and we enjoyed it so much that none of us wanted to stop playing. In fact, I think we were all late to class.” – Andy Aceves, high school teacher
This game contains:
- 1 Regional Map
- 1 Gerrymandering Manual
- 110 Wooden District Borders
- 73 Voter Tokens
- 28 Wooden District Markers
- 5 Velvet Bags
- 1 "Gerrymandering Is Not a Game" Proclamation
- 1-4 Players
- Ages 8+
- 30-45 Minutes
- Dimensions: 10.5 in X 10.5 in X 2 in
Why Play Mapmaker?
Gerrymandering is a major cause of our current political climate: it protects incumbents, limits competition, and increases polarization. In districts across the country, it robs voters of their voice. Nevertheless, gerrymandering doesn’t receive enough targeted attention. Most news coverage and money pours into federal elections—even though local state elections are what influence gerrymandering. In 37 states, the state legislature is in charge of redistricting. Before inventing this game (and doing more research) we didn’t realize that most governors in these states have veto power over gerrymandered maps. It’s our responsibility to bring gerrymandering into the spotlight, to put pressure on legislators and governors who gerrymander. Redistricting happens every ten years. Before 2021 redistricting, which will affect elections for the next decade, we hope to add momentum to the anti-gerrymandering movement.
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