EGU General Assembly 2020
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GEOTRIVIAL PURSUIT: discovering the earth planet

Valeria Misiti, Daniela Riposati, Francesca Di Laura, and Massimo Crescimbene
Valeria Misiti et al.
  • Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy (

TheEarth is a fascinating place that host wonders such as volcanoes, rivers, deserts and more.Our idea has been that to produce a scientific game named GEOTrivial which is a tool to learn more about the amazing world of geosciences by enjoying.

Based on the enthusiasticfeedback obtained with “Escape Volcano” project (presented last year at the EGU 2019)and the success in the schools where we presented it, the next step encouraged us to develope a new project.

The graphic realization of all elements of the new GeoTrivial game (board, cards, dice) was developed within the INGV by the Laboratorio Grafica e Immagini.

Graphic is a fundamental support for the game production because every elements have been deeply studied creating icons similar to the social ones, to create a familiar connection for people. The use of a particular lettering, that strongly connoted the visual aspects, in the main components of the game, is dictated by the need to create a dominant visual element of the entire project that conveys a sense of dynamism, of freedom, but also lightness.

Basically the game revisit the classic trivial but on the game board volcanoes, epicenters and a drop of water are reported to direct immerse the players on the earth planet science. The game can be played as a team or single player (from 2 to 24 players).The game board is shaped like a 3-spoke wheel. Player begin at the center rolling the die. When the player reach the space then a different player draws the card and reads the question. The player move forward in any direction, but he can never retrace the steps on the same roll. Two player may occupy the same space. There are 4 answers on the card but only one is correct; the opponent team read the question and the answers. Player the land on the center square may choose the color he/they wish the question to be read from. He/they may not know the questions before choosing the color.

The player may continue to roll as long as he keep answering the questions correctly; there is no limit. If the answer is incorrect, then the turn passes to the left. “Roll again” spaces allow to move the die again without answering any questions.

Once the token is complete the player must try to land on the center space where the game started. The opponents decide the category you are to answer from before the look at the card. If the player/s answer the final question successfully he/they win the game.

This new game belongs to an editorial project dedicated by the INGV to education and outreach.


How to cite: Misiti, V., Riposati, D., Di Laura, F., and Crescimbene, M.: GEOTRIVIAL PURSUIT: discovering the earth planet, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-4986,, 2020


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