Catan: Oil Springs Night at Goethe Institut
Eureka! Oil has been discovered on Catan! That’s right, oil has been discovered on the island of Catan! And after many years of study, the great engineers of Catan have learned ways to improve production using this valuable new resource, both by converting it into other resources and enabling the upgrade of cities into metropolises.
Recognizing the value of making sustainability education fun and engaging, Worldwatch's Erik Assadourian has helped develop Catan: Oil Springs, a non-profit scenario for the award-winning board game that integrates a new resource into the mix—oil—and brings with it the opportunity for players to develop significantly faster, but not without risking industrial pollution and disasters such as coastal flooding triggered by climate change. Other sustainability challenges, including issues of development disparity, the resource curse, and limits to growth are integrated seamlessly into the game, where players struggle with whether they should use oil to grow even as they risk undermining the productivity of their lands and even risk inundation of the entire island of Catan.
Assadourian will be at the Goethe Institut in Washington, D.C. on March 23 to celebrate the game's release. Join us at:
Read more about Settlers of Catan: Oil Springs.