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Karma Tycoon Video Game Study Guide Unit How to Play
Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
7, 8, 9, 10
Title – Karma Tycoon Video Game Study Guide Unit
How to Play Karma Tycoon
A STUDY GUIDEPrimary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts, Math
Grade Level – 7-10
5) How to Play
Karma Tycoon rocks the gaming world by offering you a thrilling ride through the world of social entrepreneurship as you earn Karma in virtual communities across the US.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- UNIT INTRODUCTION
- ABOUT US:
- DO SOMETHING
- KARMA TYCOON PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
- LEARNING GOALS AND LINKS TO CLASSROOM LEARNING
- HOW TO PLAY KARMA TYCOON
- Nonprofit Terms
- “Learn” Sections from Karma Tycoon Video Game for Grants, Foundations, Balance Sheets, Credit Cards, and Loans
- CITIES AND NONPROFIT DATA
- Types of Nonprofits
- PRE-GAME LESSON PLAN 1
- What Is a Nonprofit Organization?
- PRE-GAME LESSON PLAN 2
- City and Nonprofit Internet Learning Hunt
- PRE-GAME LESSON PLAN 3
- The Importance of Managing Your Finances
- POST-GAME LESSON PLAN 1
- Devising a Budget for Your Nonprofit
To access these unit chapters, click on their titles above.
5) How to Play
Karma Tycoon is a game that teaches users how to help their communities by running their own nonprofit organizations. The more you help your community, the more karma you get! With more karma, comes more eligibility for nonprofit grants; the more money you get, the more you can help your community! The object of the game is to collect as much karma as possible to become a Karma Tycoon!
HOW TO PLAY:
- Obtain a Do Something login. It’s quick and easy, just click on the link that takes you to the Do Something Web site www.DoSomething.org/register, answer a few simple questions (Do Something does not share personal information with other organizations), and receive your Do Something login.
- Once logged in to www.KarmaTycoon.com, you’re taken to a map screen where you’re asked to select the city in which you want to run your nonprofit organization. Players may choose from eleven different cities across the US. Some of the cities are easier to play with than others. For example, Columbus is a good place to start because it is an easy city, while Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco are the more difficult.
- After selecting the city in which you want to play, select the type of nonprofit organization you want to run. Notice that one button says learn and the other button says play. The play button takes you to the actual game, while the learn button leads you to a screen that teaches users about how specific issues (i.e. homelessness) are affecting particular cities. The learn section also includes links to actual nonprofit with information on how young people may volunteer to help solve issues.
- After you press the play button, you’re taken directly to the game board!
THE GAME BOARD INCLUDES:
- Map of the city where your organizations will be displayed.
- Calendar that keeps track of the months.
- Karmameter that keeps track of karma earned.
- Financial section where you can apply for grants and loans, manage your credit, and see your balance sheet.
- The circles on the map represent how many people or animals still need help. When a person or animal is served by your organization, your Karma increases! Start each game with a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation that enables you to build and fund your first organization.
- Create a new organization by clicking on a city within the map.
- After you choose a city for your organization, you need to outfit your organization.
- Click the organization you would like to outfit to reveal the floor plan.
- Use the sliders on the right to add more or fewer available items. As you add items to your organization, the total amount of money spent adds up on the right.
- Try to build organizations in cities where there are a lot of people or animals to serve (these organizations are likely to be more successful that those that are far away from communities).
- Try to buy things for your organization that will help in the most positive and necessary way; not everything you buy will return the same amount of Karma. (For example, a homeless shelter needs beds more than a library).
HOW TO RAISE MONEY:
In order to raise money needed to outfit your organizations and to keep up with your monthly expenses, you will need to
apply for grants and loans
. Grants provide organizations with money that does not have to be paid back, but are more difficult to get than loans (
grants also require that you have good Karma
). Loans are easier to get than grants, but they must be paid back with monthly payments. You will also be given a credit card, but because this is borrowed money, you must make at least a minimum monthly payment for all credit card purchases.
WINNING AND LOSING:
The goal of Karma Tycoon is to run your organizations efficiently in order to help as many people (or animals) as possible, as quickly as possible. Remember to keep an eye on your bottom line; you can’t offer help if you don’t have money to run your organizations!
Once your karmameter has reached 100%, you will be declared the winner
for that game board! If, however, you run out of money, you will be given one month to get out of debt.
If you don’t get out of debt after one month, you lose!