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Extorsion Madness – Casual Strategy Party Board Game about corrupt bureaucratic procedures (2020)

Game commissioned by the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation for Freedom to raise awareness about the topic of corruption among young adults in Myanmar.

The design embeds features and styles of party games, casual games and strategy games.

Research showed that the most popular type of corruption in Myanmar is extortion during bureaucratic procedures, which was then embedded in the game.

Players manipulate simultaneously and arbitrarily different characters through the way to reaching the end of the course. Conversely to other games, players do not know what characters other players are responsible for. Each player is secretly and anonymously responsible for his or her one character.

The first player to stealthy take his or her character the final spot of the course wins. For this to happen, a player manipulates at the same time several characters during a turn, including character’s that belong to other players. The player also pays compulsory-fees, imposes extortion fees to the characters without knowing who they belong to, pays extortion bribes and also tries to get rid of extortion.

Players constantly try to guess which characters belongs to other players and also try to hint other players that their characters is one while it is not to protect their interest and damage other players. Thus, players make use of their strategy skills and have a fun time by playing this game!


  • COLLABORATIVE DESIGN to identify the target user and the objective of the project;
  • RESEARCH to understand the characteristics of target audience and the most popular game styles among Burmese adults (no hardcore gamers);
  • GAME DESIGN AND GAMICATION: conceptualization of the game, concept validation and user testing.


The game is fully printed out and published.

It has been played at several events of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Myanmar.

Further actions around the game and its promotion are on hold until the political situation in Myanmar improves.


Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Thailand and Myanmar Offices (2019, 2020) 


  • Enrique Perez “KIX” (original Concept, Gameplay Design, Level Design) (2019)
  • Joosk Studios (graphic design)
  • Produced by the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Myanmar Office (2020) .