As has been pointed out by too many people, 2016 was a devastating year for progressives (a homely term for all those who are want equality, democracy and ecological sanity). There is no need to repeat the list of atrocities, failures and disappointments, as we all have them indelibly marked on our psyches. One result of the annus horribilis is that activists everywhere have pledged to try harder -- at what is clearly not working. There is even a sense of optimism rooted in the old left-wing shibboleth that "the worse things get, the better" -- meaning, of course that if things get really, really bad, people will rise up (and overthrow the 1%).
Most board games pit players against each other but a new kind of board game seeks to subvert that narrative, requiring players to unite and play against the game itself.
"We are providing an alternative to games like Monopoly and Risk," Brian Van Slyke told rabble in a Skype interview from Chicago. Van Slyke is one member of a five-person collective, The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), which launched more than five years ago.
Rise Up is their latest invention.