Senaryon is a platform that facilitates building, managing and conducting simulation games. Due to its modular construction it allows for a wide range of simulation games and other interactive formats. Currently, the shortest available game is digital with face-to-face negotiations (hybrid) and lasts about one hour, the longest available game spans several weeks during which the participants can log in any time they like (online). In other formats we combine online phases with in-person meetings (blended).
To manage identities, we have users, roles, groups, and functions. For instance, a user, “John Smith”, might be assigned to the role who could have the function , and belong to the group . To manage their permissions, functions have rule sets that determine what is available to them at any point in the game. For example, a role with the function would not have the ability to issue a decree, whereas a might play a part in the issuance of one, say, via a . This is enabled by a drafting and voting system that allows for a spectrum of negotiations, from a simple yes/no vote on a pre-set statement to a multi-article resolution.
To manage the flow of the game, we have phases and tasks. The users (in their roles) have a number of tasks to complete within each phase, and are thus being guided through the game. These tasks can be completed in groups or individually, and can be graded by the facilitator with optional feedback. For instance, a task in a negotiation phase for the group might be to institute reforms that benefit the and win popular support. Or, in an introductory phase, something simpler like “learn about your role” with links to the information within the platform. The phase lengths can be modified by the facilitator at any time. A quiz/survey module can be employed to test the users’ knowledge or to collect their feedback in the evaluation phase.
For communication, we have a number of messaging functions, ranging from an email-like messaging area to more chat-like messaging modules placed next to other elements a set of actors could be working on, such as press releases, draft resolutions. There is also a direct channel to the facilitator, who can assist with understanding the game mechanics.
We have built the core with flexibility in mind, so these elements can all be combined in different ways to work in a wide range of games and scenarios.
With Senaryon, we bring interactive political simulations to schools in Bavaria. On behalf of the Bavarian Center for Political Education, we have developed four simple planning games that can be used free of charge by teachers in Bavaria.
Unionslabor is a unique digitally-supported simulation game for European education. Nearly 20,000 people have already played Unionslabor. With just three clicks, you can create your own game on unionslabor.de and get started!
Free role-playing games for interested citizens in the public libraries of Berlin. The Association of Public Libraries in Berlin offers three role-playing games developed by us about the work of the district assemblies in Berlin.
Security policy simulation: The “Conflict in the Gagonian Sea” strategy game is one of the most complex simulations on our Senaryon platform. Participants can influence the dynamics of this conflict simulation through over 500 different measures.
Organizational development through the strategy game “New Work” - the simulation of a change process in a company or organization: Negotiate different options as a team, play them out, and test the effects.
Political simulations from the Hessian state parliament with our platform Senaryon. School classes and other youth groups simulate the legislative process and experience firsthand and interactively how politics is made.
Senaryon is already in use at over 20 universities worldwide! The flexible usage models allow for tailored solutions to the needs of universities and students, including a task and evaluation system.
Be a minister for a day and take a seat at the cabinet table - our simulation game at the Open Day of the Federal Government makes it possible! Interested citizens play a digital supported cabinet meeting in a maximum of 75 minutes.
Senaryon as a virtual think tank: For an international expert conference on hybrid threats in Helsinki, we set up Senaryon so that experts could input, comment, and vote on their recommendations.
The “Climate-Neutral City” simulation in eight different languages at schools worldwide! From Czech Republic to India, the Goethe-Institut carries out the games on Senaryon with local teachers.