More About Coopetition

The Game
Coopetition is the first game of its kind.  This party applies the elements of both cooperation and competition, and by doing so takes fun to a whole new level.  Players compete and cooperate in a variety of different situations – including trivia, drawing, and charades.  Unlike other boardgames howevers, players not only compete to win, but must also work together.  It’s a game not only of skill and knowledge, but also of strategy and luck.  Think, Act, Draw, and Talk Your Way to the Finish!  It is truly unique.  BUY NOW!

The Fun
The combination of cooperation and competition makes this game for a variety of unique reasons. These elements maximize player involvement in the game so no one is ever just sitting around waiting for their turn. They also maximize interaction among players, allowing each player to compete and cooperate with everyone else in the game. And more so than any other board game, because of the interdependence introduced by cooperation, each strategic choice made by one player affects everyone else in the game and vice versa. The game is never the same twice.  BUY NOW!

The Theory
The underlying premise of Coopetition is based on theories developed over 50 years ago. In 1944, the mathematical genious Jon von Neumann and economist Oskar Morgenstern published a book entitled Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. This brilliant book, albeit abstract, was a first of its kind and heralded as a great scientific achievement. But however groundbreaking, Theory of Game and Economic Behavior and von Neumann’s theories in general dealt largely with games of pure opposition, so-called two-person zero-sum games. Such games include tic-tac-toe, checkers, and chess.

In 1950, the legendary Nobel prize winning John Nash (the subject of the book and subsequent movie A Beautiful Mind) published his 27-page doctoral thesis and forever change our perception of games. Nash created a theory for games in which there was the possibility for mutual gain. He focused largely on multi-player games and showed that one person need not lose out for another to benefit. He also demonstrated that the distinguishing feature of games of strategy is interdependence. The outcome of a game for one player depends on what all the other players choose to do and vice versa. By doing this he showed that games can include elements of both cooperation and competition, which opened the door to applications of game theory in economics, political science, and sociology.  BUY NOW!