Press Release, 04.03.2014

Fun playing the game and learning about climate change
New release of the climate change game KEEP COOL

Due to popular demand, KEEP COOL has been re-released by publishers Spieltrieb, after several years being out of stock. The new release was made possible thanks to last year’s crowdfunding campaign on the German Startnext platform, which was initiated by KEEP COOL and Spieltrieb together with scientists of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. KEEP COOL gives a fun insight into international climate politics and is suitable not only to play as a game for private enjoyment but also as an educational tool.

Fun playing the game and learning about climate change – KEEP COOL gives you both. The climate change board game, which is in two languages, German and English, was developed by Klaus Eisenack and Gerhard Petschel-Held at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. Not only is it good fun to play, it also provides a basic understanding of climate change and climate politics. Till Meyer from Spieltrieb says: “Ever since the first edition was released, it fascinates me the number of enthusiastic people KEEP COOL is reaching, not only in educational institutions but also in conventional game playing sessions.”

The developer Klaus Eisenack explains: “The high demand for KEEP COOL has motivated us, thanks to many people’s commitment, to bring out the new release. Climate change is a pressing social challenge. We are extremely happy that there continues to be great interest in making this topic known in an unconventional way.”

About the game
In a game of KEEP COOL, three to six players represent groups of countries such as Europe, OPEC, or the developing countries.  For one to two hours they can choose between “black” and “green” growth, but must also accommodate for inevitable climate impacts like droughts or floods. The strength of these increases when the world temperature rises. Additionally, lobby groups such as the oil industry or environmental groups have to be taken into account. The winner is the player who most efficiently reconciles climate protection with lobby interests. However, if some players are too ruthless, everybody loses.

Order

KEEP COOL can be ordered for 29.95 Euro from Spieltrieb. A box contains one large game board, one “world thermometer”, nearly 50 game cards and over 100 wooden counters in different colours. Address for orders: Spieltrieb GbR, Pfarrgasse 2, 65321 Niedermeilingen, Germany, www.spieltriebgbr.de, Phone +49/6772/94356, kontakt@spieltriebgbr.de

Information on climate game KEEP COOL
http://www.spiel-keep-cool.de

Contact
Prof. Dr. Klaus Eisenack, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Department of Economics and Statistics, Phone +49/441/798-4104, klaus.eisenack@uni-oldenburg.de

Till Meyer, Spieltrieb GbR, Phone +49/6772/94356, kontakt@spieltriebgbr.de