Rise Up: The Game of People & Power
Rise Up is a board game about building people power and winning together to create social justice—even when the cards are stacked against us.
All players are on the same team, collaborating to build a movement and fight the System, the opponent working to crush your efforts
Strategize creatively about actions your movement can take to win
Get inspired about the social change possible to make the world you want to live in, and learn tactical skills for how we can get there
Rise Up comes with two versions! Rise Up Standard is a strategy game great for game nights and experienced game players. Rise Up Simplified is quicker to learn and has simpler rules for younger kids, less experienced game players, and educational settings.
Watch our "how to play" video below.
- You can also order Rise Up Expansion Packs here.
- You can also order the Rise Up Education Kit here.
- You can also order the Rise Up Poster Series here.
"Rise Up is a blast for the gameplay alone. The cooperative element added a layer of novelty for even this hardened gamer nerd -- it takes a lot of group strategizing to beat The System! But the icing on the cake is the opportunity for activists to both poke fun at ourselves and engage with real tactical questions."
-Jessica Stites, Executive Editor, In These Times magazine
“I train organizers for a living, and what's impressive to me about Rise Up is how closely the play of the game reflects the kind of situations that organizers encounter in real life. It's great practice for those who organize professionally, and great fun for those who don't.”
–Jeff Pinzino, Associate Director, Midwest Academy
“The game was super fun! Loved that it encourages cooperation, creativity and strategic thinking in a super chill way. Can't wait to play it with my friends!”
- Hnin, Cooperative Training Director at Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFed)
“I want to organize!”
- Nine year old game tester of Rise Up Simplified.
“I have never played a collaborative game before and now, because of Rise Up, I am converted. I get it. It created interesting and challenging game play with tension in the moments of collective decision making. As someone with no experience in social organizing, Rise Up enabled me to connect and discuss strategies and experiences with my teammates who have a lot more experience in social action. Rise Up created a conduit for conversation that was open and not intimidating.”
-Charlotte McCurdy, Master of Industrial Design Candidate '18, Rhode Island School of Design
"It was a treat to play a game that was so genuinely interactive and cooperative! Rise Up encouraged me to think creatively about social issues I care about while building relationships playing with - rather than against - the people sitting around the table with me. And it was fun!"
- Jackie Stein, Public Health Phd Candidate, UMASS Amherst
“I am blown away by the educational opportunity this game provides. I'm very much looking forward to playing this with my family, friends, and community. Used as a tool for teaching and empowerment, I believe this game will be a great resource to those who want to organize and create better systems to improve their communities and society as a whole.”
- Stephanie Merrill, Chicago activist, mother, and teacher
“Rise Up is innovative and timely - we are facing incredibly difficult social and political struggles where we are asked to identify the systems that perpetuate inequality and how we can come together to fight back for ourselves and for our communities every day. Rise Up makes these conversations possible, effortless and brings levity by using storytelling/narrative based gameplay to encourage advanced gamers and novices alike to jump in and get involved. Thanks for making such a wonderful game, it's truly phenomenal.”
-Vanessa Fernandez, Chicago-based activist and game enthusiast
“Rise Up is a great game for teaching about social movements. Not only does it cover various strategies and tactics used to create social change, it does so in an inviting and creative manner. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to learn how to make their voices heard on issues that are important to them.”
-Peter Hoy, Food systems educator
We’re dedicated to manufacturing Rise Up in an ethical way. It is produced in the United States, and nearly 100% of the money spent on the manufacturing has gone to a worker-owned company using environmentally friendly resources whenever possible. This is groundbreaking for board games—as far as we know, it has never been done before for a game of this scale or scope.