Civil rights are not a game… but CIVIO is! It would probably take more than a kitschy, memorable commercial to make CIVIO a household name, but this Fair Trade civil rights strategy card game has “infotainment” for everyone. Whether you’re concerned about your dwindling civil rights or you’re just looking for a uniquely themed game to play, CIVIO promises to be an enlightening and entertaining ride. Each player starts as an intern at a law firm specializing in civil rights. Using the 82 beautifully illustrated cards representing laws, Supreme Court decisions, constitutional amendments, key issues, rights and freedoms, players race to combine these cards into legal precedents. Ages 13 and up means that it could make a great family game for teens and adults, or be a useful learning aid for teachers. Perfect for your AP Civics student, someone heading off to law school, or a social or political activist. Since it only contains cards and an instruction booklet, this is also a very portable game that can fit anywhere.
Of all the gifts on our Green Gift Guide this year, CIVIO is perhaps my favorite. It ties the important topics of civil liberties and social justice with the fun of a card game, allowing the players to enjoy themselves while using their minds. At $14.95 it’s also a very affordable gift idea or stocking stuffer.