Play the Connecting Communities - Macedon Ranges Board Game

Next date: Sunday, 24 October 2021 | 11:00 AM to Friday, 31 December 2021 | 11:59 PM

Image of logo for Connecting Communities Macedon Ranges

About the game

The Connecting Communities game was created as part of arts COVID relief funding. Artist and writer Jenni L Ivins assisted the community to make a board game of the Macedon Ranges. Play the game and discover things you didn’t know about the Shire, find new places to visit on a family outing or with friends.

The project aims to;

  • document life in the Macedon Ranges in 2021 during COVID recovery
  • provide a way for locals to connect on Facebook groups with conversations about what is fabulous about living, working and playing in the Macedon Ranges. People shared information, photos and stories, indicating strong community spirit and values, and the care of both our people and the environment.
  • create a board game that incorporated the nearly 200 communities submitted photographs in the design.

Prepare the board and cards

The game board is based on a map of the shire and includes GO-TO cards, which direct players from town to town in the game.

  1. Print the sets of cards with a printer that will print both sides of the paper, if possible. If not, print all the odd numbered pages then put the paper back into the printer to print the even pages on the reverse side. Alternatively, you can stick the card fronts and backs together with glue (eg a glue stick).
  2. Cut the GO-TO cards neatly and stack in a pile, with the GO-TO side facing down. Allow at least nine cards for each person playing. You can have more in the pile.
  3. Print the four parts of the Connecting Communities game board. Join to make a large map of Macedon Ranges Shire.
  4. Choose a marker for each player to use (eg a small coin or a button). Each player places their marker on a town of their choice. Only one marker may be on a town at a time (social distancing).

How to play

The first player turns over the pile of GO-TO cards and places them on the game board. Pick up the top card to keep and follow the directions. Count the number of towns your marker touches including the town on the card – unless a marker is already on that town. If someone is already there, stop at the town just before the town on the card.

If the card does not say GO-TO, do not move and your score remains the same. Take turns until each player has nine GO-TO cards. Add up the scores – the player with the lowest score wins.

The numbers on the other side of the GO-TO cards are used in the second part of the game, as described in the instructions on the gameboard. Players check on each other and offer help until everyone has a set of nine cards. A point is removed from your score each time you help another player. The lowest score wins.

About the artist

Jenni Ivins uses art to improve communication by showing there is more than one way to experience what we see. She creates detailed Mind Drawings, in which lines may be read in different ways depending on your focus. Jenni also works with communities to make art accessible to all.

Jenni tours in interactive exhibitions, from the hills of the Dandenong Ranges to coastal communities in Warrnambool.

When COVID hit, she had to cancel her events, so she moved to supporting her community online, including Mandala Mondays (where she recorded 40 Facebook Live workshops using items from home) and A Part Together (the Facebook group through which she created a board game about Cardinia Shire in lockdown  - which was nominated for an Australia Day award for the best community event).


  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021 | 12:00 AM - Friday, 31 December 2021 | 11:59 PM



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