What It Is
Community is a cooperative game where players work together to build roads connecting home to important elements of the community. Unfold the flocked game board and separate the location tiles from the road tiles. The first player places the home tile on any of the hexagonal spaces on the board. Taking turns, each player selects a location tile and explains why this feature is important to have in the community. The locations are home, hospital, school, factory, spiritual center, park, recycling center, stores, theatre, post office/town hall, fire/police departments, museum, and library. Once seven tiles have been selected, the remaining location tiles are set aside. Then the seven chosen tiles are placed anywhere on the board. (Make sure at least one hexagonal space separates one location tile from another.)
Each player receives three road tiles. The remaining road tiles become the draw pile. Players take turns selecting a road tile from his or her hand and placing it on the board. Each road tile must extend a road that connects to home. After each turn, the player draws another road tile. If a location tile becomes inaccessible, you may move it to a new spot. When all the locations are connected to the home tile, everyone wins.
Community comes with a flocked game board and 82 tiles. It is for one to five players.
Why It’s Fun
Community is a game that encourages players to explore elements of a community while developing spatial acuity, strategic thinking, and cooperation. Players must pay attention to what road tiles they have and think about where each road tile would best fit on the board. Because the game is a cooperative game, players are encouraged to work together to lay the road.
However, this requires a lot of complex thinking and reasoning that is not built into the gameplay, and so some kids may find it frustrating to play. There is a whole school of thought among certain adults who tend to think that cooperative games are a good idea for kids, but without a defined goal, a little competition and a way to see how the game is proceeding and where kids are in relation to one another, kids may lose interest without an adult guiding the conversation.
Who It’s For
Community is for ages 5 and up. This is a game for younger players especially. Older players tend to be more attracted to games where there is a clear winner and some level of competition to define the play.
What To Be Aware Of
The game is made from 90-percent recycled gray board and soy-based inks.
There are other, more effective, ways to teach kids about the value of community.