Board games are well known for their customization to the tastes and ages of the players. Also, you can easily choose games of any topic for yourself. Today we’re going to talk about economic board games, and it’s worth pointing out right away that you don’t need any special training or study to sit down for them. All of you have probably heard about Monopoly, but this hit that has been with us since the last century is far from the only popular representative of its category. In economic board games, there is a place for business communication and the art of persuasion and thinking through actions in advance. In general, it will be exciting, so let’s start!
Perhaps we can start with the Cashflow board game known for its creator – businessman and author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad” Robert Kiyosaki. This board game has become a real competitor for Monopoly thanks to a real simulator of economic processes in the business community. The game participants begin their journey as employees in different professions and gradually master new skills and study various areas to achieve the Dream, which they define at the beginning of the game.
During the game, you can take part in two modes – “rat race” (daily life and work) and “speed track” (here, you will understand how investments work and how they can be raised). In the first mode, you will learn how to live your daily life, manage unexpected expenses, including those related to the birth of a child, do charity work, and so on. By switching to the second mode (level), you will already reach a certain level of administration of your funds and will be able to receive passive income. Ideally, it should reach 50 thousand dollars.
By playing Cashflow, players acquire real fundamental skills in investing, finance, and accounting. The optimal number of players in the game is 6 people, and the entry age for this game is 12 years old, but versions can also be purchased even for children from 6 years old. Another useful board game on the topic of finance for children is Fixinomica, in which young investors can develop their intelligence and learn how to manage funds.
This exciting game will also help you manage your finances more consciously. There is also that leitmotif of making money “wisely” with a smooth transition to passive income. The main resources, in addition to money in the game, will be your time and happiness, and you need to do the required calculations in writing.
In the beginning, players go to work every day, but they have the opportunity to improve their financial situation with the help of moves that entail certain events. Thus, the schedule of your day and month will be displayed on the playing field, on which you will place special chips to regulate the amount of sleep, work, and rest. Besides, you will have to monitor your happiness and financial health levels to find the optimal balance and not go into debt.
LibertEx ends when one player succeeds in achieving a dream and living without working thanks to passive income. Maximum proximity to the realities of life allows you to apply the knowledge gained and improve life quality. It is recommended to play LibertEx from the age of 14, but it will give older players a good incentive to change their lives for the better.
A slightly different approach to finance you will have to choose in the economic strategy, Last Will. According to the plot of the game, a rich uncle (of yours and other players) leaves you a large amount of money that you need to… spend as soon as possible in order to get sole ownership of all the multimillion-dollar inheritance of your deceased relative. You have seven game days for this mission, and during this period, you can buy real estate, hire service personnel, and afford various expensive entertainment. Sounds enticing and easy? In fact, everything is completely different!
At the very beginning of the game, a will is read out, which indicates the initial capital of every player. Optionally, all players can simply get £70 each. After that, the players choose their color, disassemble the tablets, chips and markers. Each draws 3 cards from the Property deck and the Assist and Expense deck. Then you can move on to planning – on the tablet, place a marker of your color over one of the unoccupied hourglasses. They indicate how many new actions you can do and new cards you can receive, as well as your turn.
Now it’s time to spend money with actions – place your assistants and carry out the associated action according to the planning phase. In addition to assistants, you can use a lady’s company, hire an expensive cook, buy expensive animals for hunting, and so on. If you get a Joker card, it will allow you to hire any companion of your choice.
In total, there are 140 cards in the game, which are divided into 7 decks and three types according to the color of the outline. A card with a white outline means that you can spend the price indicated on it and immediately fold; cards with a black outline are laid out on a personal tablet and help to spend money only after they are activated; cards with a blue outline can be combined with white and black cards, which makes it possible to spend more money.
The player who has time to get rid of the received money first becomes the winner. But do not forget to get into big debt – it will help you get the victory if the game is a draw. Last Will can be played from 11 years old in a company of 2 to 5 people.
Economic board games will definitely not gather dust at your place because they offer to plunge into an entertaining process multiple times and help you spend time with benefit.