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So I hang around a lot of eco-friendly, tree hugging, sing-a-long, vegetarians at college, and I'm looking for a good board game that matches some of their core values, however, it still needs to be an excellent board game.

Anyone come across a game like that? Save the Whales? Plight of the Poverty Stricken? Help the crushed indigenus population? Something like that?










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I bet they eat a lot of beans. How about starting a bean farm?
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There were pics on the front page recently about something to do with carbon trading / reduction, and I can't remember the name of the game for the life of me. Looked interesting.

Reef Encounter might work. Circle of life and whatnot.
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How about R-Eco or Nature Fluxx?

You could always play Power Grid and tell them to only buy the "green" power plants.
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As far as theme goes, I'd say R-Eco, though it's not a complex game (not that I have played it, mind you).

If the tree hugging has an aspect of anarchy, you might even try something politically incorrect. Like: War on Terror (it's about what it says on the box), or the same company's take on economic crisis Crunch: The Game for Utter Bankers. Anohter heavier game (and hard to find a copy) about egoistic capitalists: Greed Incorporated. Unless they have a good sense of humor you might want to avoid Kill the Hippies .

But you could go for components - I've seen some "eco friendly" sets of chess and solitaire- made from bamboo (from the same company). Looks nice as a conversation piece, the game itself, ehm... you know. You could try with something made form wood, like Gigamic games abstracts: Quoridor is said to be the best. But if you would preffer something more creative but wooden (khm) look up Bausack.

Oh stupid me - if you want a serious theme, go look up sierra madre's line (haven't played anything btw.)- all their games are unique, complicated, long, and serious about their theme:
Erosion - a card game about geology, eroding mountains, stealing debris from other player's mountains. I think this one is lighter comaper to their boardgames.
also American Megafauna (a game about prehistoric evolution of animaols in america, warning - long game),
Origins: How We Became Human (evolution of humans, long game, but bearable),

also
GMT is publishing another evolution kind of game this year:Dominant Species
GMT's Conquest of Paradise - a game about pre-colonialist settling of islands in Pacific. Said to be a good game, but not the best one. Medium weight.
Getting cynical about green isuues - a game of german politics - Die Macher.

Well this sould start your thinking process about what you're after.

But I'd say the main thing is - you want a light, non-confrontational game (like Bausack, maybe creative party games, co-op games?), you want a good theme with ironic take on capitalism and political undertones (War on Terror, Greed inc, Crunch) or do you want a nice wooden table piece?
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Guess Junta is out of the contest...
 
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There is a 1978 board game Save the Whales that captures the theme you are looking for, but I do not know if it is a good board game or not. You can acquire a copy from the EDF (Environment Defense Fund) for $36. There might be copies available here on the BGG, but I have not checked myself. Here is the URL if you are interested;

http://www.edf.org/article.cfm?contentID=4924

On the same web site there a global climate change game, Keep Cool, that deals with global climate change. Fits what you are looking for, but no idea if it is a good game.

There is also a highly sought after, and therefore sometimes expensive game called Flowerpower in which you place tiles to create the largest gardens. A very beautiful abstract tile-laying game that has somewhat of a hippie, planting-flowers-in-mother-earth theme that might be appealing.

Happy gaming!

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