GiraFFarkel is an enticing, co-operative NVC dice game for all ages. If you roll a Giraffe AND a Jackal during the same turn, you invoke the NVC concept that the giraffe gives the jackal empathy and creates harmony. You then add an extra 100 points to your score for harmony. The intent of the game is to offer a joyful NVC experience, full of cheering each other on, which includes making clear requests and the choice to receive them or not. It is intended to feed our needs for play, contribution, consideration, celebration, friendship and support as the players come together to build a compassionate community.
As anyone nears the finish line (10,000 points) with more points than others, s/he makes a clear request to a player with the lowest score, to ask if this player will accept the gift of whatever points s/he gets on the next roll. It becomes a gifting game to bring everyone closer together, into the Compassionate Community before any one player crosses the finish line. In this way, all the players cross over the line, close to the same time. The game is over and celebrated when everyone has crossed the 10,000 point finish line… Ending the game is about the celebration of finishing together, rather than one person winning.
I have especially enjoyed watching the shift in kids who have been oriented toward win-lose, when others begin to give points to them… That’s when they start to internalize the fun of gifting… You might be interested in this simple and fun game. It is a subtle, tactile game that carries the message of playing harmoniously together, while enjoying an easy way to live some NVC concepts.