[artinfo] Commonspoly, hacking the monopoly

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Sat Dec 15 13:08:41 CET 2018

Hi all!

We was made a board game to promote the commons and the cooperation, 
it's called Commonspoly. Commonspoly was launched as a proposal for a 
working group during the 17th ZEMOS98 festival hackcamp. Participants 
had to develop a brand new set of rules for an alternative, contrast 
to the Monopoly board game in just three days. Later on, in May 2015, 
an exhibition of the game was hosted by the Commons Fest in Athens, 
presented by Vassilis Chryssos and Carmen Lozano.

This prototype game was played a few times, resulting in a notable 
improvement in its rules.Commonspoly is a free licensed board game, 
with which to reflect and playfully experiment with the possibilities 
and limits of the commons as a critical discourse towards relevant 
changes in our societies. This board game is an ideal device to 
introduce commons theories and cooperative ways of living together, 
in a fun and instructive way. It's especially great for boring, rainy 

Commonspoly is also an attempt to correct a common misconception that 
has lasted for more than a century. Back in 1904, Elizabeth Magie 
patented The Landlord's Game, a board game designed to highlight the 
dangerous effects of monopolies. Years later, she sold the patent to 
Parker Brothers company, who turned the game into the Monopoly we 
know today: a board game that celebrates the pursuit of the 
accumulation of huge personal wealth and the bankruptcy of anyone but 

Commonspoly turns modern Monopoly on its head and returns to the 
basic principle of the traditional game; to imagine a viable world 
based on cooperation instead of competition. However, not everything 
is perfect. You will have to fight against The Speculators. In this 
game, we are running against time! And the help of every player is 
needed and welcomed, because there is only one way to win: helping 
each other. Let's get down to business. We have urban, health, 
environmental and intangible common goods to preserve!

You can order delivery of your Commonspoly game on this website 
<http://www.commonspoly.cc>www.commonspoly.cc. However, the open 
source philosophy of the project is to also provide the possibility 
to print it at home for free. You can download all the printable 
files from 
If you are interested in the editable files, please write us on 
hello at commonspoly.cc

All the best!

ZEMOS98 | Mediating for social change

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