Lofoten Game of the Future poses
a platform for discussion, consideration and game strategy
surrounding the possible futures of Lofoten. The game
takes place in a public park located in Kabelvåg,
Norway (a village in the Lofoten Islands).The park itself
is transformed into a giant board game.
of the game
Number of Players: 4+ (you can play in teams
if you like)
need: Big dice, five carpet-like mats for every
field: oil, fishing, tourism and wildlife (20 in all)
-One of each mat is layed top down and everyone takes
one to determine who is to represent either oil,
-Each player recieves 5 mats alike.
-Each player throws the dice, the highest throw chooses
starting location, lowest number starts the
-Start the game at the 4 corners of the park. The park
is the gameboard.
-You are the piece, and hold your mats
-Throw the dice and walk along the stones according
to the score - you cannot step on the same stone
twice, ..but are allowed
to move backwards.
-Once you have moved throw your mat towards
the pond -the objective
is to get as many of your own mats ..in
the pond as possible.
*If you throw one of your own outside of the path it
is out of the game.
**If you land on the mats of other people you can trow
them out of the game.
***The game ends when all mats are in the pond or out
of the game.
End of game:
The individual winner is the person/industry with most
mats in the pond.
The collective future of Lofoten is determined by what
mats end up in the pond.
Players can interpret and discuss the result from the
The game is Open Source, change
it as you like!
The Future of Lofoten remains untold.
Currently fishing is the number one industry in Lofoten,
second only to Oil which is Norway's number one industry.
Set in an environmentally unique location, Lofoten offers
a diverse set of pleasures. The islanders are constantly
addressing the notion of survival within this extreme
and remote location. At the moment the island depends
on its location for income; fishing, oil, and tourism.
Due to environmental issues and over-fishing, this fragile
ecology of the economy and environment has been challenged
to strike a balance between preservation, conservation
Big interests are at stake and in the comming years decicions
will be made that heavily affects the future and direction
of the island community. Some of the interests are directly
oppositional as you can read below. The game:
"Lofoten Game of the Future" plays these
interests out against each other to open for discussion
on possible combinations, and different outcomes for the
1) The oil industry is lobbying heavily
to get rights to use the oil resources outside of Lofoten,
this could bring wealth to Lofoten, but also damage the
natural resources and fishing which the island is dependant
2) Tourism in Lofoten is underdeveloped
compared to other places. The future question is: Will
international corporations bring luxury hotels and mass
tourism or can a sustainable tourism be imagined that
benefits the local community and culture?
3) Fishing which has been the traditional
source of income for the island is undergoing changes.
Big trawlers are buying the fish kvotas and often unloading
in other countries, in addition possibly damaging wildlife
with their trawls. Policy changes on a national level
could make costal fishery viable again and thereby support
a living fishing community.
4) The nature and wildlife of lofoten
is unike any in Norway and the world. Currently, the possibility
of Lofoten being protected and declaired a UNESCO world
heritage site is being examined. This would limit the
possibility for the oil industry and maybe fishing and
would radically change the outlook. One would have to
invent industry and tourism that would not damage the