As the game launched from the start on a topic that is delicate and often challenging, both to understand and to explain – such as taxes. Who wants to pay their taxes with joy? Not to mention, who wants to play a game on taxes?
While developing the board game, we have to confess the resistance was high and questions were asked. Researchista – the author of the game – is a researcher, not a governmental representative, hence there was no interest to develop a game that would aim to increase tax compliance in particular.
Instead, the whole idea is to raise awareness on how fiscal system in most of the European countries is the back bone of the welfare state and we all enjoy when we can rely on an extra income support, when we are not able to. For example, when we are unemployed, don’t we enjoy to receive an unemployment benefit? When we don’t have enough money to raise our child or living life, isn’t it nice to receive social assistance benefit to provide a living?
Without aiming to sound accusatory or normative, this game is more of a reminder to have fun as much as we can while engaging our brain and use this tool to enjoy learning new things!