Quandary, an Ethics and English Game: Preparing to Play

Before playing this ethics and English game, ask if students are familiar with the word “Quandary”? You may want to start the session by asking: “Do you know what the game’s title means? What is a quandary?”

In Quandary, players must make difficult decisions in which there are no clear right or wrong answers but important consequences – to themselves, to others in the colony, and to the planet Braxos. In their interactions with other settlers in the futuristic colony, players must consider facts, opinions and solutions, just like in real life.

You shouldn’t need to explain the details of the game – the game does that itself. But it’s a great idea to summarize the overall narrative: “This game challenges you to make tough decisions about how to build a colony on a new planet.”

Focus on the fact that it is helpful for students to realize that sometimes there are no wrong or right answers, but to focus instead on the possible results of their decisions down the line.