Lords of the Valley

Experience and explore sustainable practices in complex environments

Lords of the Valley

Experience and explore sustainable practices in complex environments

Lords of the Valley gameplay

Why?

With the growing demand for better and easier solutions, the world is getting more and more complex and unstable. Rivalry, miscommunication and external risks (such as natural disasters or stock market crashes) add to this uncertainty, forcing stakeholders to look for brand new strategies on their way to safety and success. Learn how to navigate through this complexity, relying on your mental prowess paired with collaboration skills.

Lords of the Valley gameplay

How?

To train a swimmer you have to make him dive into water. The same goes for any business activity; systems thinking, risk management, and teamwork cannot be acquired without practice. Thrown in at the deep end, players develop critical thinking and learn to cope with difficult situations they experience firsthand. Great fun guaranteed!

Lords of the Valley tablet gameplay

What?

The Lords of the Valley is a professional role-play simulation game that takes place in the valley of the river exposed to unexpected droughts and floods. Players assume the roles of farmers-businessmen, public officials, banker, and NGO’s worker. They attempt to achieve their own goals, facing many challenges arising from the decisions of their co-players and the unpredictability of the environment.

Why?

With the growing demand for better and easier solutions, the world is getting more and more complex and unstable. Rivalry, miscommunication and external risks (such as natural disasters or stock market crashes) add to this uncertainty, forcing stakeholders to look for brand new strategies on their way to safety and success. Learn how to navigate through this complexity, relying on your mental prowess paired with collaboration skills.

How?

To train a swimmer you have to make him dive into water. The same goes for any business activity; systems thinking, risk management, and teamwork cannot be acquired without practice. Thrown in at the deep end, players develop critical thinking and learn to cope with difficult situations they experience firsthand. Great fun guaranteed!

What?

The Lords of the Valley is a professional role-play simulation game that takes place in the valley of the river exposed to unexpected droughts and floods. Players assume the roles of farmers-businessmen, public officials, banker, and NGO’s worker. They attempt to achieve their own goals, facing many challenges arising from the decisions of their co-players and the unpredictability of the environment.

Benefits

<strong>Teach, learn and have great fun</strong>

Teach, learn and have great fun

Engaged in something that feels real, players retain more information and learn faster. The game is fun both for the educators and the players!

<strong>Face the complexity of the real world</strong>

Face the complexity of the real world

Solving real problems and observing the dynamic impacts of their decisions, players learn to apply various strategies and navigate towards their desired goals.

<strong>Diagnose organizational problems</strong>

Diagnose organizational problems

The game lets you diagnose communication- and collaboration-related problems within your organization.

<strong>Become the master of systems thinking</strong>

Become the master of systems thinking

Identifying the co-dependence of elements within a whole is the key to understand the complex reality we live in.The game helps players understand how a systematic approach enhances problem-solving processes.

<strong>Communicate and collaborate effectively </strong>

Communicate and collaborate effectively

Divided into independent teams, players have to depend on their negotiation skills to reach compromises and collaborate for the greater good.

<strong>Get free educational tool for non-commercial use</strong>

Get free educational tool for non-commercial use

You can run the game with your audience for free in non-commercial contexts. Contact us for details.

What participants say

  • “I found the game to be engaging, fun, and surprisingly useful to understand, given a relatively brief period of time, some of the collaboration challenges that individuals and organizations confront in working together in policy contexts.”

    Alan Tomkins, J.D., Ph.D.
    the Professor at the Department of Psychology
    the director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Public Policy Center
  • “The very strong side of the game is that you have to "live" the problems (...). Hence it is an experience (...) which leads to a deeper understanding. It also allows to experience the challenges as different actors of the society, therefore it gives you a broader perspective on those problems.”

    Zsolt Jolánkai
    Assistant lecturer at the Department for Sanitary and Environmental Engineering
    Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • “Playing this game gave me an opportunity to see various interactions and learn the human dimension side which is an important part.”

    Anil Giri
    Department of Ag. Economics
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Technical details

4-9 hours
(depending on the number of players and the time for debriefing, possible to split in 2 sessions)

from 12 to 36 players

1 computer or tablet for each player or team of players
internet access

Use the game

Lords of the Valley is available in English and Polish.

Read Terms of use.

Take part in the game training

We offer online game execution training sessions.
Contact us for the details.

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The game was developed by the Centre for Systems Solutions (CRS).