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Governance Game

A picture of the cards in the game on a table

This is an interactive game on governance of Public Code. Use this as a way to get a conversation and reflection about governance started. We aim to use it during early incubation of a codebase, or perhaps even earlier. You can of course play the game totally without our involvement, it is probably useful for any constellation that have a codebase to govern.

Playing the game

You need a few people to play with you. There are no strict number, but you all need to be able to see and reach the cards on the table. For the actual rules, see the rules cards.

Print your own version

Print and cut the files. Play!


We love when people want to help and improve the game. Please read CONTRIBUTING for details on our process for submitting issues and pull requests to us. Also take a look at our Code of Conduct, we want this to be an inclusive and welcoming community.


  1. Finalize first design with Noun project icons and do a print.
  2. Test the game with real users and collect feedback.
  3. Iterate on the cards and rules. Create custom icons/imagery?
  4. Do a second small scale print run.
  5. More testing, tuning and preparation for next print run.


We use Semantic Versioning for versioning. For the versions available, see the tags on this repository.


See the list of authors for who participated to this project.


For now we are using icons from the awesome Noun Project. Those icons are all under the license CC BY. Find all images used and their creators in our Credits.

We also want to thank everyone who has played the game with us. Even if you didn't explicitly gave us feedback we learned about the game by playing with you.


This project is licensed under the CC 0 License - see the LICENSE file for details.

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