Two friends in Montreal have come up with a great Christmas gift idea for jaded construction professionals and anyone overcome by frustration with urban infrastructure.
The name of the gift is the "Construction + Corruption" board game, which the two anonymous inventors devised to "entertain ourselves and keep our patience from expiring while being trapped in traffic".
The premise of the game is to get away with completing as little construction work as possible, and the longer you keep your contracts, the more money you receive.
Players are able to bribe each other and the mayor to keep construction projects alive without them ever getting finished. However, too much money and not enough work could bring about a federal investigation.
The game takes place on a board with a map of Montreal on it. It has five phases:
- Contract Phase: Players are given a part of the map where contracts can be bought and sold
- Construction Phase: Players assign their work crews and can switch them in a timed round
- Election Phase: After debating and bribing, players reveal their votes for a mayor; if an agreement is not reached an "outsider mayor" is chosen
- Mayoral Phase: The mayor can award those who "helped" them get them into power or not, if an outsider mayor is in power then they crack down on corruption
- Completion Phase: Those who have completed their projects lose.
The game ends with an "apex of corruption", where players flee to a tropical island to escape the authorities.
Read more about the game here (https://constructionandcorruption.com/)