METROPOLISZ

Be a Real Estate tycoon in Shenzhen during the Coronavirus outbreak!


The sudden outbreak of Coronavirus it has been devastating, fortunately in Shenzhen it has been very well under control, nevertheless it has been hard for everyone to be somehow quarantined at home, not being able to run the business as usual, and being scared for an enemy we can not even perceive or see.


Life in China in these past weeks has been quite challenging, and we all hope everything will get back to normality soon. To face the greatest challenges of life, especially in business, we need to cultivate creative thinking. It is in times like this that creativity boosts our hopes, and it is nurtured by the minutes and hours that suddenly are available to ourselves because we can not dedicate 100% to what we were used to do, the daily routine of our businesses.


Being architects, design is our weapon of choice, and we came up with an initiative that could bring some fun in the local community, give some playful relief to those locked at home, while actually fighting the good fight for a nice charity cause, helping those in need. We redesigned a version of the well-known Monopoly game, we called it METROPOLISZ, and hacked it into a Shenzhen-based version, giving it the slight theme of prevention related to the CoronaVirus outbreak, featuring some of the most popular local bars in the Probability cards (that we funnily renamed as WTF? and OMG!), and whom supported the production costs of this limited and self-produced edition of the boardgame.


We took this very seriously, and we professionally custom designed every aspect of the game, providing a high quality final product. Our aim and ambition is not only to provide a fun activity to the families and group of friends that still need to spend a lot of time within the walls of their homes, but to do this for raising funds for those in need during this difficult period, partnering with a local charity association (A Heart For China).


Special features of METROPOLISZ


  • Shenzhen based version of the popular Monopoly, the 4 sides represent the districts of Futian, Luohu, Shekou and the outskirts; instead of the 4 Stations we created the Transportation Hubs (Bao’an Airport, Shekou Ferry, Futian Bus Terminal and Luohu Railway Station); instead of the water/electricity Utilities we created the Food and Beverage cards;

  • instead of the Jail, we feature the Quarantine and other Virus outbreak-related mentions;

  • the board is made of soft iron rubber, and all the custom tokens (players, houses, hotels) will be magnetic and no player will mess up the board at every second dice throw!

  • catchy packaging that would recall the one of a bottle, so it could stand properly in a bar shelf, easy to be carried around or shipped anywhere! It features a custom graphic of a map of Shenzhen;

  • all banknotes are custom made, resembling somehow the RMB we are all use to, but with a different "mao" (it means "cat" in Chinese);

  • within the game there are many referrals not only to popular venues, but to to the local charity association, and hopefully provide further financial support to charitable activities from the players in future;

  • it is self produced in a limited amount of copies, that would be gifted to those who make a donation of 333 RMB to A Heart For China;

  • it’s a well-designed artifact, and an evergreen fun game!


You don't need a mask to be a hero; but you need to wear one to be responsible!



designers Freddy Curiél, Viki Ferrari, Niccolò Centrone

photos and videos Shady Monkey

featuring AHFC - A Heart For China, BAIA Burger Club, BRASS House, MAMBO


keywords #product #design #boardgame #prototype #Shenzhen

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