What is the Commonspoly?
Commonspoly is a free licensed board game, with which to reflect and playfully experiment with the possibilities and limits of the commons as a critical discourse towards relevant changes in our societies. This board game is an ideal device to introduce commons theories and cooperative ways of living together, in a fun and instructive way. It’s especially great for boring, rainy afternoons!
Commonspoly turns modern Monopoly on its head and returns to the basic principle of the traditional game; to imagine a viable world based on cooperation instead of competition. However, not everything is perfect. You will have to fight against The Speculators. In this game, we are running against time! And the help of every player is needed and welcomed, because there is only one way to win: helping each other. Let’s get down to business. We have urban, health, environmental and intangible common goods to preserve!
Who is the owner?
This version of the Commonspoly is just a fork. What’s a fork? It’s a metaphor taken from the free software movement to name the different versions and developments that come from the same original source to satisfy different needs. So, this is just a fork of the Commonspoly board game licensed under the Peer Production Licence. This licence lets any commoner, cooperative and non-profit organisation use and adapt the game, as long as they do so for non-commercial use.
Read more about this licence here:
This version (fork) of the game is run by ZEMOS98. a non-profit organization and right now all revenues produced by the game are to cover the costs of producing and printing 1.000 copies and to the further improvement of the game. By buying the Commonspoly game you are supporting a small but really socially and politically committed organization. Learn more about us on www.ZEMOS98.org
How the game was born?
Commonspoly was launched as a proposal for a working group during the 17th ZEMOS98 festival hackcamp. Participants had to develop a brand new set of rules for an alternative, contrast to the Monopoly board game in just three days. Later on, in May 2015, an exhibition of the game was hosted by the Commons Fest in Athens, presented by Vassilis Chryssos and Carmen Lozano. This prototype game was played a few times, resulting in a notable improvement in its rules.
Sales in shops – English
The game is only for sale in shops in Spain right now. We are working to distribute it internationally but we are a small cooperative and we are doing our best to offer you that option in the future.
In the meantime we ship it almost everywhere in the world. Remember, it is of course cheaper if you order more than one. So, if you think you can gather a bunch of commoners together, it will actually turn out less expensive and better for the environment. If not, no worries. We will send you yours right away!
Take care and long life to the Commons!
Do you ship to my country?
We can ship all over the world. However, not all countries and regions are listed in the shipping system. If you can’t find your country or region on the list or if you have any questions about Commonspoly or the purchasing process, please write to email@example.com and we will find the way to send you your game.
Do you sell it on Amazon?
We deliberately skipped Amazon (or similar options). There are good reasons for this. We work with a small but very professional shipping company from Seville and this makes the delivery prices higher than Amazon and other options. This is why we strongly encourage you to organize a group of people from your workplace/town/neighbourhood so we can send you more than one (which will be much cheaper, in bulk).
Different Language Versions
Are there (when will there be) versions of the game in different languages; esp. Spanish and French? (english)
At the moment we only have the game in english. However, we would like to have it as much as languages as possible. For those who are offering help (thank you so much!) we are sending everyone to Zanata.
Zanata is a platform for collaborative translation and we have an open project where there are already people working on french, spanish and portuguese translations. Please, join the platform and contribute in the project site. Your help is more than welcome.
Is there / what is the estimation / guaranteed / maximum delivery window, e.g. delivery within 2 days / 1 week / 2 weeks etc.
Usually speaking we process the delivery within 48 hours max. in working days (based on the spanish working days calendar). Once the delivery starts it really depends on where you are asking to have the game. Please, send us your exact address and we will provide you an exact estimation. Also, you can track your delivery on this website: www
Is it possible to pay for an express delivery service?
Right now we can only deliver urgently within the zone of Spain. We are working with an independent delivery company to avoid Amazon. This has some counterparts like not being able to quickly send you the game all over the world and also it is more expensive than other type of services. However, we strongly believe in independent services as an alternative of the big ones. In the future we would like to give the users the possibility to have the game available in your countries.
How can I change my delivery address, which was entered in wrongly?
If you have entered any wrong data, please urgently write to firstname.lastname@example.org to correct it.
How can customers track their delivery online?
You can track your delivery on: : www
Receipt / Invoice
How can I see a breakdown of the costs (online) – game(s) + delivery charges x number of games
Before you finalize the purchase order you could see the details of the delivery + the price of the game. The game is sold everywhere at 39.99€.
Is it possible to send me an invoice/bill from Commonspoly as well?
You can receive a proper invoice of your game. Please, write us to email@example.com to obtain it.
Is it possible to download the rules from the website?
You have the Game Master’s Guide available to download here.
Is it possible to download all the elements of the site?
You can download all the materials of the game (The box, the board, the cards, the tokens, the Game Sheet, the Game Master’s Guide and the Player’s sheets from this link.
Can I have the editable files?
Printable PDFs of the game are available online as you may know. You can freely download them from the website:
For the editable files, although we said in the Master’s Guide they will be available we need to be careful due to legal reasons. The files are prepared in a private software (Adobe Illustrator) and they include some paid fonts. At the same time, our philosophy is completely open source, so we just want to ensure two rules before we spread them via email:
1- To know your purposes. We assume you have a social goal by asking for the editable files but we just want to know what you would like to do with them and we would like to be in touch with you if you need anything else.
2- To let you know that every version of the game should respect the license of it: http://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Peer_Production_License. Please, carefully read it and remember to include the license in your own version.
Thank you so much for understand these issues in advance and long life to the Commons!
Comments / Feedback / Collaboration
How to comment on / contribute to the game’s rules / development?
If you have any suggestion for future developments or you have found a mistake, please write us to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Is there a forum to discuss the issues raised by the games?