How to Play
The Last Straw! can be played with almost any number of players, from a small group of 4 or 5 to a larger group of 25. We've even adapted it to a lecture theatre! The ideal number is about a dozen.
The Last Straw! takes players through the life cycle where they will encounter "macro" issues such as political climate, economic structure and environmental change, as well as "micro" issues, such as individual finances, education, and family dynamics.
Each player develops a character profile that includes gender, socio-economic status and race. The player then receives Vitality Chips based on this profile.
Each character moves through various life stages from Childhood, to Adolescence, to Adulthood and finally to Old Age, updating the profile as the character passes from one life stage to the next.
On the board, a character encounters two kinds of squares: individual scenarios, which the Game Master reads out loud out from the Game Guide, and Community Cards, which affect all the characters on the board and are read aloud by the players themselves.
A character then gains or loses Vitality Chips based on these scenarios and community events.
The character who has the most Vitality Chips at the end of the game wins!
The Last Straw! is participatory education at its most innovative and entertaining!
(c) 2007 Kate Reeve and Kate Rossiter