About The Game of Humanity

The Game of Humanity is a fun and educational board game played online by one to four players. Its goal is to take players 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.

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.

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, Project Coordinator
  • Maurice Iten, Senior Game Designer
  • Vadym Kedych, Developer
  • Dan Gilbert, Graphic Designer

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
  • Sapiens by Yuval Hariri
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker

Thank you for playing The Game of Humanity.

David Simon