As I researched the topic of income inequality, I came across a lot of information pointing to how certain laws and government regulations can disproportionately affect citizens depending on their income levels- or even be a part of making income inequality worse. This information tended to be very political and didn't seem like something most people would read into for fun, so I began developing a way to present the topic in a friendlier way.
I came up with Equity, a game that assigns players different paths and circumstances based on their incomes. To begin, I created paths that made it easier for some players- the wealthier- to win the game than others- players may only travel on the white path or the path that matches their color. It is, however, still possible for any player to win. Chance, following life, determines some of those circumstances.
Along the path players come across day to day situations, good and bad, that allow them to rack up positive and negative points, which they can't tally until the end of the game. There are also spots with "red tape" Qs that represent some kind of government regulation, law, or policy. When drawing these cards, players see how each situation would potentially be handled differently in real life depending on a person's income.
18 x 18" board
9 x 12" boxed
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Laser Cutter