Design student turns the Philippine drug war into a tabletop game (and it looks fun)

Interested in bringing the drug war home? PHOTO:
Interested in bringing the drug war home? PHOTO:

You can now bring the war against drugs in your own home — don’t worry, it won’t be bloody!

Parson’s design technology student Jed Segovia created “Pusher,” a two-player tabletop game designed after President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged war against drugs.

“Hopefully it makes people laugh, it makes people angry, makes people cry, but most of all, makes people think,” said the New York-based artist in a report by Balitang America.

Segovia’s last visit to the Philippines left a huge impression on him. He said that the deaths were “too close to home.”

The objective of the game is simple: Kill as many drug pushers as possible.

First, players need to set up the streets and shanties.

Then they need to shoot the opponent’s “pushers” using toy guns and ammo (rubber bands).

Don’t forget the cardboard sign for every kill!

Some of the pushers get to go to jail too.

The player with more pushers standing after all the rubber bands have been used wins the game!

Segovia is planning to add a “Human rights expansion pack.”

According to Balitang America, Segovia said that he envisioned the project to be more of an art installation than a board game.

The good news? You can download a PDF file here and you can make your own “Pusher” set! Of course, you need to buy your own toy guns. Make sure to paint them pink!

“It’s so ridiculous, but somehow it’s not quite as ridiculous as the fact that it’s parodying something that actually exists,” said Andrew Genualdi who tried out the game.

Sounds like something you’d do this weekend?

Photos: Pusher website and Balitang America

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