Crowdfunding since 2010
Playing the board game "Keep Cool“, you can be a change agent in global climate change negotiations. With this (crowdfunding) project, we will make a revised and improved edition of this exciting game available again, since it is currently out of stock.
Funding period
6/10/13 - 9/10/13
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Minimum amount (Start level): €
10,000 €
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What is this project all about?

This project will realize a new edition of "Keep Cool" – The Game on Climate Change. Scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research developed the game, which is so popular that three editions have already been sold out! Currently, the small publishing company is not capable of producing a new edition on its own. With your help, however, “Keep Cool” will be available again.

The main idea of the game resembles that of global climate change negotiations: 6 powerful world regions negotiate their economic development and climate protection. They can either cooperate to protect the climate or seek for individual profit maximization. If, however, climate change is not sufficiently addressed it will fight back: farmland dries out, flash floods cause dramatic damages and plagues increase. If the negotiators still don’t start to cooperate, everybody will lose…

Every world region pursues both economic and political targets. While all players need to build an industrial basis and constant economic growth, the political targets may be conflicting. Some might want to promote renewable energies or are pushed to protect the climate by influential environmental organizations. Others might not believe in climate change or are instrumentalized by their oil industry. Finally, some will be pragmatic - they are mainly concerned with global economic growth or their insurances and will cooperate with either group, depending on the current situation.

What is the project goal and who is the project for?

"Keep Cool“ is aimed at environmental pioneers, idealists and strategic gamers. In this climate game no game is like another, since the same actors represent different political interest for their world regions at every new game. The players are challenged to plan strategically, to cooperate, and also to put pressure on their fellow players. It is this feature which explains the special fascination of the game. And that’s why everyone needs to “keep cool”!

Your support will make an improved edition of the game possible. For this, 500 game orders will be required.

Why would you support this project?

With your support we can make "Keep Cool" available again! You can help to raise awareness on the problem of climate change, because every player of this game quickly gets a feeling for the positive or negative impacts that different technologies have on the climate - and it becomes clear how much everyone's own actions can influence the intensity of climate change. This knowledge is also helpful in the player's real lives as they get a better understanding of the complexity of political climate negotiations and may also be motivated to use climate-friendly technologies to minimize the consequences of climate change as much as possible.

As a supporter of at least 25€ you receive this game from us even before it is available in stores. The normal price would be 25.50€ plus shipping cost.

How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?

The whole amount collected on this webpage will be invested to realize the updated edition of the game. Certainly before Christmas “Keep Cool” will be available again, for example on the publisher's homepage.

Furthermore, the game will be made available for schools. This will help raising the pupils' awareness for and knowledge about the causes of climate change.

Should we exceed the 10,000 Euro in support, we will be able to realize additional game improvements:
at 14.000 Euro the little wooden blocks representing firms will get a more detailed design so that they will be recognizable as firms.
at 16.500 Euro additional cards will be added to the game which give new options to the players.

Who are the people behind the project?

The "Keep Cool" Team
The "Keep Cool" team formed at the Synagieren Wirkcamp in Lüneburg (Germany) in May 2013. It consists of enthusiastic board game players who have the climate at heart.
Link to the "Keep Cool" workshop at the Wirkcamp:

The Game Developers
Klaus Eisenack is the inventor of "Keep Cool" - and excited about using crowdfunding to relaunch his invention. He developed the game while working at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Link to the web page of Klaus Eisenack:
Link to the web page of PIK:

The Publisher
Till Meyer is responsible for "Keep Cool" at the publisher Spieltrieb.
Link to the web page of Till Meyer:
Link to the web page of Keep Cool at Spieltrieb:

Keep Cool Neustart

The crowdfunding project has been successfully completed. Supporting and ordering is no longer available on Startnext.

  • The processing of orders placed will be handled directly by the project owners according to the stated delivery time.

  • The production and delivery is the responsibility of the project owners themselves.

  • Cancellations and returns are subject to the terms and conditions of the respective project owner.

  • Revocations and cancellations via Startnext are no longer possible.

What does this mean? 
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Spieltrieb GbR
Till Meyer
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65321 Niedermeilingen Deutschland

9/11/13 - Die Finanzierungsphase von Keep Cool ist bei...

Die Finanzierungsphase von Keep Cool ist bei Startnext nun abgeschlossen. Dank der umfangreichen Unterstützung laufen nun die letzten Vorbereitungen zur Produktion des Spiels an. Im November soll ausgeliefert werden.Da wir die Schwelle von 12.000 Euro erreicht haben wird es ein neues Cover für das Spiel geben! Bis zum 24. September können Vorschläge eingereicht werden, einfach per Mail an [email protected]. Vorschläge können in Form von Skizzen oder auch von verbalen Beschreibungen eingereicht werden. Ab dem 24. September könnt Ihr dann unter die Vorschläge einsehen und abstimmen.Keep Cool kann weiterhin vorbestellt werden und zwar direkt bei Spieltrieb -- am einfachsten per Mail. Dies kostet nun Euro 26 zzgl. Porto (der spätere Normalpreis wird bei ca. Euro 30 liegen).VORBESTELLUNGAn: [email protected]: Vorbestellung Keep CoolIch möchte gerne verbindlich X Stück des Spiels "Keep Cool - Setzen Sie das Klima aufs Spiel" vorbestellen. Die Kosten betragen Euro 26,- je Spiel zzgl. Porto. Das Spiel wird direkt nach der Produktion ausgeliefert.Bitte senden Sie das/die Spiel/e mit Rechnung an folgende Adresse:XXX

9/2/13 - Die Finanzierungsschwelle von 10.000 Euro ist...

Die Finanzierungsschwelle von 10.000 Euro ist erreicht! Ganz herzlichen Dank an alle Unterstützer! Wir freuen uns sehr darauf, dass das Spiel wieder in Produktion geht.Da wir noch mehr als eine Woche zum Sammeln weiterer Unterstützungen haben, gibt es noch weitere Schwellen (eine davon neu):Bei 12.000 Euro gibt es ein neues Coverbild -- und Ihr seid bei der Gestaltung dabei! Zuerst kann jeder Ideen vorschlagen, dann könnt Ihr das über das Cover für die neue Auflage abstimmen.bei 14.000 Euro Euro werden die Spielsteine für die Fabriken detaillierter gestaltet - statt Holzwürfeln werden es dann kleine hölzerne Fabriken sein.bei 16.500 Euro werden dem Spiel zusätzliche Spielkarten hinzugefügt, die den Spielern zusätzliche Optionen geben.Für Ende September ist der 'Startschuss' für die Produktion vorgesehen.



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