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Connect the Bay: The Seamless Bay Area Transit Game

Build the transit network of your dreams for the San Francisco Bay Area!

Requirements

30-60
2-5
12+

Description

Build the transit network of your dreams with Connect the Bay: The Seamless Bay Area Transit Game!

Connect the Bay is the ultimate game for transit lovers of all stripes! Proceeds from this game support Seamless Bay Area, a transit advocacy nonprofit - so by purchasing this game, you can build a better connected transit system in-game, and IRL!

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Game Play

  • In 30-60 minutes of game play, 2-5 players compete to create an integrated transit network to help Bay Area residents and visitors travel seamlessly around the region.
  • Strategically place your homes, jobs and activity centers to create a more Seamless Bay Area.
  • Multiply your impact by cutting transfer delays and installing dedicated bus lanes.
  • The player who builds the most connections wins!

In the box

  • 18"x18" Game Board
  • 80+ Game tiles
  • Dice
  • Scorecards
  • Rulebook

Game Concept

Created by renowned game designer and artist Alfred Twu in partnership with Seamless Bay Area, the game board is modeled off of our integrated fare vision map, a proposal for a unified and equitable fare system that would make the San Francisco Bay Area's transit system easier to understand and navigate.

Currently, Bay Area transit riders face extra fares and long waits when making trips across multiple agencies. Connect the Bay simulates how a more seamless system – with smooth connections and standardized fare zones – could help the people of the Bay Area to reach more places.

In addition to helping Bay Area residents and transit riders envision how our region’s complex and fragmented transit system could be improved, this 30-minute game is also a great way to share your love of transit with friends and family. Together, we can build a movement for change in support of better transit for all!

About the creators

Seamless Bay Area is a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform the Bay Area’s fragmented and inconvenient public transit into a world-class, unified, equitable, and widely-used system by building a diverse movement for change and promoting policy reforms.

Alfred Twu is an architect, artist, and politician in Berkeley, California, and has designed many games about city & infrastructure planning and the political process. Based on real life politics, these games are designed to give players the experience of the coalition building process, as well as the tradeoffs involved. Examples include Bay Area Regional Planner, a game where players take the role of local politicians with different goals, but have to come to mutual agreement on where to add housing to solve a regional housing crisis, the High Speed Rail Board Game, where a national network emerges from players' local goals, and the Game of Floods, a collaboration with Marin County where players work to adapt their communities to sea level rise.

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Publish Date September 07, 2021
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More Info Connect the Bay: The Seamless Bay Area Transit Game web site

Why buy this?

  • Compete with other players to create seamless connections
  • Game play by renowned game designer and artist Alfred Twu
  • Proceeds support Seamless Bay Area, a local nonprofit

Notes

  • This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.

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