About The Game of Humanity

The Game of Humanity is a fun educational game played online. Its goal is to take one to four Homo sapiens ages 12 to 200,000 on a journey through human history.

A History and Herstory of Us

Wave Token, representing a tribe in this fun educational game.How often do we stop to appreciate the miracle that we are here now — the culmination of almost 14 billion years of cosmic and global and microscopic activity that had to happen exactly as it did for us to be at all? How often do we ask ourselves the question no other species would think to ask or answer for itself: How have we become where and what and who we are?

The Game of Humanity spans the full arc of our history, from the pre-human majesty of the Big Bang to the Human Condition of the Here Now. In the space of an hour or two, the game will take you — alone or with a few friends or classmates — down a path that visits many of the most important landmarks of our biological and cultural evolution.

In this fun educational game, you’ll lead a tribe of “Peeps” through the key events in human history, using your Human Nature in cooperation and competition with other tribes. Your ostensible objective is to develop a diverse and large tribe for the good of our species, but there’s also a chance you’ll be swept up in The Rapture and leave your worldly concerns behind. Learn more about the rules.

As you experience our history unfolding, try looking at the events through a few different lenses:

  • Biological: Where (and what) did the “human animal” come from?
  • Moral: How has human regard for other humans, other animals, and the Earth changed over time?
  • Cognitive: How does human thought set us apart from other animals?
  • Cultural: Where is cultural evolution taking our civilization?
  • Spiritual: As science replaces religion as an explanation of the Human Condition, what should humans do — and why?

Homo sapiens play this fun educational game for free

You’re welcome to play this educational board game free of charge. (I want to be sure you feel you got your money’s worth.) Rest assured the game presupposes no knowledge of history; instead, it assumes you learned and remember as much about the history of our species as I did and do.

Like our species, The Game of Humanity is a labor of love in progress. I welcome your feedback, suggestions, contributions, attributions, additions, modifications, corrections, rejections, projections, dissections, etc., using the contact form. Play now!

Credits and Debits

Much of the effort and creativity came from these sources:

  • Reed Gesteland, CAIC Corp., Associate Developer and Project Coordinator
  • Maurice Iten, Senior Game-Design Guru
  • Vadym Kedych, Developer Extraordinaire
  • Dan Gilbert, Graphic Designer
  • Miles Carter, Sound Designer
  • Zilvinas Petrauskas, Javascript Programmer
  • Olga Stalska, WordPress Developer

I am indebted to the following sources for much of the material:

  • The Animated Bible Series from Vision Video
  • Wikipedia
  • The Meaning of Human Existence by E.O. Wilson
  • The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Sapiens by Yuval Hariri
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
  • Creative Commons

Thank you for playing The Game of Humanity.

David Simon