THE MINIGRID GAME
We are currently working on further software development and prototyping a robust, physical console that can be used as an optional user interface. Players will have the option of playing The Minigrid Game on a computer or electronic device using the game's digital dashboard screen, or using the physical console, an electronic board resembling a house with miniature appliances that can be 'plugged' in and turned 'on' or 'off'.
The Minigrid Game Community Workshops
Energy Action Partners completed a series of three half-day minigrid planning workshops in June 2017, held in the rural communities of Kg. Buayan, Kg. Terian and Kg. Timpayasa in Ulu Papar, Sabah. In these workshops, local residents used The Minigrid Game in a new and novel approach to building community energy systems. The workshops were supported by WISIONS of Sustainability.
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The Minigrid Game is a role-playing game built around a representation of a minigrid system, intended to be used as an educational and collaborative planning tool in designing a community-sized minigrid system. The game is designed to be used within a process that explores minigrid planning and operational decisions.
In the Minigrid Game, networked players come together to play out household consumption and make important energy choices, like purchasing appliances, setting energy tariffs, and managing finances to pay their bills on time. Players' individual behavior, like switching appliances on and off, or failing to make a payment, are immediately visible to everyone else.
The game is cooperative, and can only be won when the community decides on an appropriately sized system, sets a tariff that pays for its cost, and consumes an amount of energy within the limited capacity. Surprise events along the way, such as hurricanes, lost income or unexpected inheritances add to the fun and challenges that they must overcome.
The Minigrid Game is a completely novel way for communities to develop workable solutions to the unique challenges of managing a community minigrid, such as system sizing, tariff-setting, and demand-side management. By playing as a group, the players can also improve their understanding of energy technology, practice negotiation and consensus-building skills, and most importantly, have fun.