Rollpa, Bhutan’s First Board Game, Promotes Gross National Happiness

Get ready to roll the dice and embark on an exciting journey of happiness! Rollpa, Bhutan’s very own board game, has officially hit the market. Designed for two to four players, this authentic Bhutanese game is based on the nine domains of Gross National Happiness (GNH), reflecting the country’s unique values. Developed by a talented Bhutanese entrepreneur, the game, known as “A GNH Game,” offers both entertainment and a platform for discussing the significance of well-being in our lives.

To begin, players arrange the nine domains of GNH, including living standards, education, health, environment, psychological well-being, community vitality, time-use, good governance, and culture, in front of them. With each turn, players roll the die and draw a card, each providing an opportunity to earn merits.

However, beware of the indulgence and abstinence cards, symbolized by mischievous monkeys and wise elephants, respectively. These cards prevent players from achieving victory.

What sets this game apart is its emphasis on inclusivity and shared success. Sonam Pem Tshoki, an avid Rollpa player, highlights its captivating nature, stating, “Rollpa is incredibly fun and unique. It embodies Bhutanese values, distinguishing itself from other games I’ve played before. There are no winners or losers in this game; everyone has a chance to succeed.”

Rollpa goes beyond mere entertainment; it delves into the core principles of GNH development philosophy, using board game mechanics as a tool for learning and discussion. Over the course of four years, game enthusiast Namdrul meticulously crafted this game and now aims to introduce it to the international market.

Excitingly, Rollpa is now available for purchase at the CSI Market in Thimphu, priced at approximately 2000 ngultrum per box. Its popularity is spreading rapidly as both locals and tourists alike seek this engaging experience.

Sangay Thinley, another Rollpa player, appreciates the educational aspect of the game, stating, “Rollpa not only teaches us about the nine domains of GNH but also sheds light on how psychological well-being contributes to our overall happiness. While we do learn about GNH in schools, this game offers a unique and interactive way to deepen our understanding.”

Moreover, Rollpa exemplifies the challenges of achieving balance in life. By showcasing the delicate equilibrium required for happiness, it imparts a valuable lesson applicable to real-life situations.

Rollpa has taken the Bhutanese gaming scene by storm, capturing the hearts of players young and old. As this delightful board game gains recognition and popularity, it spreads the message of Gross National Happiness far and wide, making the pursuit of well-being an enjoyable and shared endeavor.

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