Designers Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy have created The Period Game, a new board game designed to teach girls about menstruation.
Every turn begins with a player turning one of the two ovaries, releasing a marble into a tray. If a red marble comes out, the player has got their period. A clear marble, ‘better luck next time’.
Depending on the marble, gamers can play a protection card, preparation card or go to the nurse’s office. The player who makes it around the board before anyone else wins.
Players learn about gameplay and their body through two instructional packets included with the game. The first serves as game instructions, while the second provides answers about how the game relates to their real life counterparts.
‘There is no standardised method for learning about your period, and as a result, many young women are unprepared and uncomfortable when the time comes,’ read a statement from the designers.
‘The Period Game strives to turn a typically uneasy situation into a fun, positive, learning experience. The act of playing creates an open and engaging environment where players can learn and say words like ‘period’ and ‘tampon’ without the usual discomfort and taboos found in society.’
The Period Game won the Red Dot Award 2016 and Gilsanz and Murphy are now looking for partners to help secure mass distribution the game. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further enquires.
Check out the video below to see the game in action.