Designer creates environmental board game based on Portsmouth

Owen Devine with his sustainability-themed board game called Footprint ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151697-6)
Owen Devine with his sustainability-themed board game called Footprint ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151697-6)
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  • Designer has created a board game which raises awaress of sustainability issues
  • It is based in Portsmouth
  • So far 100 copies have been produced
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A DESIGNER is hoping to help save the environment by launching a new sustainability-themed board game.

Footprint is a Portsmouth-based game aimed at families and children and inspired by theories of how people learn through play.

There isn’t really a popular environmental game out there. I am hoping that this will take off

Owen Devine, creator

Creator Owen Devine wanted to develop a fun game for local people to find out about sustainability issues affecting the city.

The product has been tested in several schools and at green events like Portsmouth Summer Fair.

Owen, 30, who is a designer at Hampshire County Council, and lives in Gunwharf Quays, said: ‘About five years ago I was playing some traditional board games with my family.

‘I stepped back and thought about the traditional board games which have been popular for decades.

‘I was thinking about whether there was a more positive game and I thought about sustainability, which is one of the big challenges for this generation and the next generation.’

Footprint sees players adopting an area of the island, and racing to reduce their pollution by investing in different eco-measures, like public transport, renewable energy, and sustainable food.

Owen added: ‘Sustainability can sometimes be seen as a dry, academic subject.

‘I wanted to make it a lot more fun and engaging and I wanted to make it more local. It’s fun and it’s about Portsmouth.

‘I did realise it was a bit of a niche in the market.

‘There isn’t really a popular environmental game out there. I am hoping that this will take off.’

So far, 100 copies of the game have been manufactured.

Owen added: ‘I have sold quite a few copies since the launch. I’ve sold about a fifth of my stock already. I wanted to test the market first so I got 100 made.

‘I’m confident that I can shift that. Once they have sold I will look at the option of expanding it by looking at a world version.’

The game was produced with the support of UnLtd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK. An educational resource pack will also be available to support the use of the game in schools.

To buy a copy, priced at £40, please visit footprintgame.co.uk