Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


The International Space Policy Game is a live-action role-playing game for 20-30 players who participate in a UN conference to address the implications of the establishment of a permanent Chinese moon-base. The conference participants are the US, the European Space Agency, Japan, Russia and China. Each entity was represented by four to six delegates whose goals were to protect their nations' interests and advance their own personal agendas in a competitive sociopolitical atmosphere. In the final solution, Russia aided China in achieving their goals on schedule, by furnishing replacement launch facilities to them. The other agencies established a cooperative effort to found an international moon-base as an avenue to Mars. Participants gained greater understanding of technical capabilities and organizational structure of several space programs and the sociopolitical interactions of those bodies.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies