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Democracy Game Box (D-Box)

The Democracy Game Box (D-Box) includes eight printable analogue games, two of which are also available in a digital version. These games are an excellent way to build a bridge between theory and practice. They allow practitioners to create a stimulating and inclusive learning atmosphere and encourage learners to actively engage and interact with others.

The games are diverse in terms of duration and complexity. The alphabetical order below also approximately reflects the order of duration and complexity (starting with shorter duration and simpler game mechanics). Shorter and simpler does not mean less meaningful and complex in terms of democracy learning targets!

Every game comes with game material, a rulebook, and a chapter in the Demogames facilitator's manual (download as a package per game with the 'print&play' button). For some games, Demokrative is creating a handout for facilitator's interested in using the games in Switzerland (Demogames SwissEdition). Work-in-progress versions of the handout are available upon request (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The D-Box is the main output of the international project Demogames. Other outputs are the Demogames facilitator's manual and learning videos. Learn more about the project here.

Competence Card Game

Become competent in democracy! In the Competence card game, you playfully discover the competences that citizens need in a democratic and culturally diverse society: the competences for democratic culture.

Learning targets in a nutshell:

  • exploring the meaning of the 20 competences for democratic culture;

  • developing the ability to analyse different situations by using the competences for democratic culture and understanding how they are mobilised in various clusters to enable an effective and appropriate response to these situations.

Number of players: 4- 7

Difficulty: easy/intermediate. No special preliminary knowledge is required, participants need to be able to analyse a situation by using a set of competences, while all necessary information is provided on the cards and through a QR code.

Timing: 10 minutes for introduction and explanation of the rules, 30-60 minutes for gameplay.

 Demogames Cover CompetenceCardGame web



Deckmocracy is an analogue card game about events in democracies. What democratic principles, institutions and rights, what threats to democracy and which parts of society make an event? Discover it by playing.

Learning target in a nutshell:

  • Deckmocracy makes players reflect and think critically about how democracy has developed to reach the situations we are familiar with today.

Number of players: 2, 3, 4 or 6

Difficulty: Game mechanics are easy to understand and familiar to many. Previous knowledge about the events is not necessary.

Timing: 5 minutes for introduction and explanation of the rules, 20 minutes for gameplay.

  Demogames Cover Deckmocracy web



Demodice is a cube-based storytelling game. The symbols on the dice trigger and guide the imagination of the players to create stories around democracy.

Learning targets in a nutshell

  • Get into conversations and controversial discussions about democracy
  • Reflect and share different meanings and interpretations of democracy, its core functions, and challenges
  • Exchange personal experiences with democracy, and connect abstract concepts with personal experiences, views, perspectives, and meanings.

Number of players: 1 - 10

Difficulty: Demodice has simple and easy to understand game mechanics. The game works best in a group where players feel safe to share their personal stories, experiences and views.

Timing: 10 minutes for introduction and explanation of the rules, 20 - 60 minutes for gameplay.

Digital version: Demodice exists also as a phone app! Search for Demodice in the Apple App-Store or Google Play.


 Demogames Cover Demodice web

Fake Expert - A Demodice Game

Fake Expert is a communicative game of social deduction. Players take the
role of talkshow guest making short statements about democatic issues and
trying to expose one fake expert player.

Learning targets in a nutshell:

  • Improve players analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Train listening and observation skills in debates on complex topics
  • Train players linguistic, communicative and plurilingual skills

Number of players: 5 - 9

Difficulty: This game requires language skills, so the level of difficulty may vary in different contexts. For example, playing Fake Expert in intercultural contexts can increase the complexity. A basic understanding of political and social contexts is also beneficial. 

Timing: 10 minutes for introduction and explanation of the rules, 20 - 60 minutes for gameplay.

Demogames Cover FakeExpert web


Draw The Line

Draw-the-line is literally a game about drawing lines. It’s a game about us being competitive or cooperative, a game that allows to reflect upon categorizations and divisions, cleavages in our society.

Learning targets in a nutshell:

  • Analytical thinking, co-operation and communication skills
  • Flexibility, Adaptability, Observing
  • Reflect upon and strengthen democratic values of equality, fairness, and justice
  • The decision-making in this game can be democratic or not, and enables to reflect upon collaborative, cooperative and competitive elements of political discourses and policies.

Number of players: 3, 4, 6

Difficulty: Intermediate difficulty, players use basic logical thinking and their linguistic and communication skills; groups of players with similar skill levels make the experience more satisfying and interesting.

Timing: 5 minutes for introduction and explanation of the rules, 15-20 minutes for gameplay.

 Demogames Cover DrawTheLine web



Become a democratic detective! Get to know surprising and relevant stories from democracies while uncovering the riddles.

Learning targets in a nutshell:

  • Increase the factual knowledge as well as the comprehension and critical understanding of democratic norms, values and institutions
  • Connect individual examples of democratic practice to abstract concepts of democracy
  • Analytical thinking, flexibility, observing
  • Reflect upon and strengthen democratic values of equality, fairness, and justice

Number of players: 4 - 12

Difficulty: This game requires language skills and a basic understanding of political and societal issues.

Timing: 5 minutes for introduction and explanation of the rules, 15 minutes for one card (one riddle), max 25 minutes for discussion on the riddle's topic.

Digital version: Observers exists also as a web-based game that can be played on your phone, tablet, or computer: https://observers.curiousbird.se/de/

 DEMOGAMES Cover Observers web



In Participedia, players take on the role of a representative of a civil society organisation which designs, implements or supports public participation through innovative participative events.

Learning targets in a nutshell:

  • Increase players knowledge and critical understanding of different, less known, types of democratic participation
  • Train players empathy as well as linguistic, communicative and plurilingual skills through role playing
  • Exposes players to cultural otherness through real world examples of civic engagement from Europe and the Global South

Number of players: 3 - 6

Difficulty: medium

Timing: 15 minutes for introduction and explanation of the rules, 45-60 minutes for gameplay.

 Demogames Cover Participedia web



Utopia is a board game in which the players form an interim government in a transition to democracy. They collectively win the game if they successfully establish the conditions for the first parliamentary elections.

Learning targets in a nutshell:

  • Experience conflicts of interests and the responsibility as governors
  • Experience taking decisions in situations with incomplete information
  • Learn about the basic formal rules for parliamentary elections

Number of players: 4

Difficulty: Utopia is a game which requires patience, time, reading and communication skills and the readiness to dive deep into a small and fictional society with all its complexity and controversies. For non-frequent gamers, it is recommended to play the game with the support of a game master/ facilitator.

Timing: 5 - 6 hours

 Demogames Cover Utopia web



Demokrative - initiative for political education was founded by eight enthusiasts in 2016 in a seminar room at ETH Zurich. Dr Rebecca Welge and Dr Sabine Jenni initiated the foundation to create a vessel for their first joint project in civic education, the Democracy Building Blocks.

From the beginning it was clear that many more ideas and people were looking for such a 'vessel'. For this reason, Demokrative was conceived and organised in a way that it can and should become a carrier, platform and network for other projects, initiatives and people.

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Foto: Vereinsjubiläum 2021

Since its foundation, the association has slowly and steadily evolved. Important milestones were the first workshops with school classes in German-speaking Switzerland through the project Building blocks of democracy in 2017; the go-ahead for the Demogames project in autumn 2019; the expansion of the management board, the implementation of an office and the tax exemption due to non-profit status in 2021.

Today, the association has around 30 members, a five-member board, a small office team led by co-founder Sabine Jenni, and a handful of other volunteers who work on projects and in the administration of the association.

Instead of an office, Demokrative maintains the Demokrative Workshop, a virtual platform to save on administrative and fixed costs. The association's headquarters are in Bern.

[Here] you can find our statutes.

'Print-and-Play' Spielvorlagen zum HerunterladenSupertrumpf

Sämtliche Themenpakete und die Spielanleitung(en) sind als frei verfügbare Downloads erhältlich.
Die Spielmaterialien sind zum Herunterladen sowohl als einzelne Spiele verfügbar, sowie als auch als komprimierte Pakete in zwei Varianten. Im Folgenden eine kurze Beschreibung der verfügbaren Downloads, am Ende die Gesamtpakete:

  • "Quartettkarten inkl. Anleitung”
    (PDF-Download, Anleitungen & 32 Spielkarten)
    Druckereinstellungen: DinA4 Querformat, Farbdruck, Vorder- & Rückseite bedrucken spiegeln an langer Kante
    Diese Karten werden für alle Spielvarianten 1x pro Spiel benötigt: Quartett, Supertrumpf und Kniffel (im DB-Kniffel werden sie Zielkarten genannt).

Demokratiebarometer-Informationen «Quartettkarten inkl. Anleitung»: Auf den Karten sind bildhafte Darstellungen von existierenden Demokratien (Demokratie-Spider), acht Länder zu je vier verschiedenen Zeitpunkten, sowie eine Einstufung der jeweiligen Demokratie in dem entsprechenden Jahr auf den neun demokratischen Funktionen (Funktionswerte) des Projektes.
Dieses deutschsprachige Quartettkarten-Set von 2019 umfassen folgende Länder (in alphabetischer Reihenfolge): Dänemark, Deutschland, Frankreich, Italien, Schweden, Schweiz, UK, USA


  • "Kniffelkarten” PDF-Download, 53 Subkomponenten von Demokratie auf Spielkarten
    Druckereinstellungen: DinA4 Querformat, Farbdruck, 2x2 Karten pro Blatt, einseitig
    Diese Karten, inklusive individuell gestalteter Rückseiten, werden 1x pro Spiel für die Spielvariante DB-Kniffel benötigt. Pro Spiel DB-Kniffel können 3-7 Spieler*innen spielen.


Demokratiebarometer-Informationen «Kniffelkarten»: Diese Karten umfassen alle 53 im Demokratiebarometer verwendeten Subkomponenten (Kartenüberschrift), zeigen an welcher Komponente diese zugewiesen sind (im weissen Textkasten), und beinhalten eine Darstellung der Indikatoren (Bilder und Bildunterschriften), aus welcher sich die jeweilige Subkomponente zusammensetzt. Des Weiteren zeigen die Karten welchen Funktionen und welchen Prinzipien die Komponenten (und damit die Subkomponenten und Indikatoren) im Demokratiebarometer Projekt zugeordnet sind.


  • "Kniffel-Tableaus” PDF-Download, 1x pro Spieler*in drucken
    Druckereinstellungen: DinA4 Querformat, Farbdruck, 1 Seite pro Blatt
    Diese Materialien werden für die Spielvariante DB-Kniffel in der Anzahl der jeweiligen Spieler*innen benötigt. Pro Set Spielkarten DB-Kniffel können 3-7 Spieler*innen spielen.


  • "Spielanleitung DB-Kniffel” 3 Versionen, 1x pro Spiel drucken
    Druckereinstellungen: DinA4 Hochformat, Farbdruck
    Es gibt verschiedene Sprachversionen dieser Spielregel: eine mit geschlechterinklusiven Formulierungen (Spieler*in), eine in generischem Femininum (Spielerin), eine in generischem Maskulinum (Spieler).
    Die Regel-Versionen verwenden entsprechend alternativ Spieler*in, Spielerin, Spieler als Personengruppen-Bezeichnung.
  • "Handreichung für Lehrpersonen” [PDF-Download, 1x pro Lehrperson drucken]
    Druckereinstellungen: DinA4 Hochformat, s/w oder Farbdruck
    Die Handreichung für Lehrpersonen umfasst Informationen über den thematischen Hintergrund, die unterschiedlichen Spielvarianten und Hinweise für die Vorbereitung und Einbettung der Materialien in Unterricht.
Weitere Download-Möglichkeiten und Spiele: 

Vorformatiertes PDF Dokument für den einseitigen Farbausdruck DIN A4 um den korrekten Ausdruck der Dokumente und die Vorbereitung der Spiematerialien zu erleichtern. Das 78-seitige PDF enthält alle gelisteten Einzeldokumente als Gesamtdruckvorlage im DIN A4 Hochformat. Gut geeignet für alle, die möglichst einfach einen Gesamtüberblick bekommen wollen oder direkt ausdrucken und loslegen möchten

  • Download Let's Play DB Quartettkarten, erweiterte Neuauflage 2021
    PDF Let's Play Demokratiebarometer AdB-Set
    Druckereinstellungen: DinA4 Querformat, Farbdruck, Vorder- & Rückseite bedrucken, spiegeln an kurzer Kante

Informationen «Quartettkarten», erweiterte Neuauflage: Auf den Karten sind bildhafte Darstellungen von existierenden Demokratien (Demokratie-Spider), acht Länder zu je vier verschiedenen Zeitpunkten, sowie eine Einstufung der jeweiligen Demokratie in dem entsprechenden Jahr auf den neun demokratischen Funktionen (Funktionswerte) des Projektes.
Dieses deutschsprachige Quartettkarten-Set von 2021 umfassen folgende Länder (in alphabetischer Reihenfolge): Belgien, Deutschland, Finnland, Österreich, Polen, Rumänien, Schweiz, Spanien.


  • Auf der englischen Projekt-Webseite sind Downloads in englischer Sprache verfügbar.
    Achtung: Die englische Projektseite ist keine Übersetzung, in den beiden Sprachversionen sind unterschiedliche Spiele und Dokumente verfügbar. Für die englische Projektbeschreibung bitte Spracheinstellungen wechseln.

In order to achieve the purpose of the association, Demokrative can in particular initiate and support offers in the field of civic education for different target audiences; provide advisory and scientific support for offers of political education (...)”

Extract of Art. 2 of the statutes of Demokrative


We are happy to provide and conduct workshops on democracy and politics for children, young people and adults in schools and at extracurricular and non-formal venues for education. Additionally, we can organise further training in the field of civic education for trainers, teachers and other interested parties. If you are interested, please contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Current Offer Workshops

We currently offer our Workshops building blocks of democracy mainly in the area of Basel as well as democracy-afternoons with the Demogames throughout Switzerland.

Teaching Materials

Within the different projects we develop materials and concepts for teaching, from texts to games.

Offers of third parties

Here we refer to important basic documents, texts produced by others and we recommend offers of political education.

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Photo: card game Let's play Democracy-barometer


Our Vision

Our vision is a vibrant and strong democracy in Switzerland, in Europe and beyond.

Civic education

We understand civic education as education that has democracy as its theme and lives up to democratic values and principles.


Democratic values, Swiss democracy, innovative methods such as game-based learning, and current concepts such as the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference form our focus.

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Demokrative is committed to action-oriented, scientifically based and democratic political education and thus contributes to the strengthening of our democracy.


The most important result of the international cooperation project is the Democracy Game Box with eight digital and analog educational games.

Peer Processes

Practitioners analyze the practical teaching of democracy skills together with peers from the DACH region.

Building blocks of democracy

A concept and concrete guided modules for dealing with democratic principles and (value) controversies.

Latest News

  • The Demogames Facilitator's Manual is published!

    We are happy to announce that as of now, the Faciliator's Manual of our project DEMOGAMES is available to download!

    The Facilitator’s manual is directed at practitioners in democracy education, and particularly targeted at facilitators. It provides the reader with background information, practical advice, and examples of how to use the games in the Democracy game box.

    Download here: [Link]