We are a small and motivated group of people. We come from different fields but we have found inspiring and creative work as a common interest. We challenge to be challenged, we inspire to be inspired and we do pay our taxes!
I My background is social policy analysis, that is what the government does to protect its citizens when they can not protect themselves or when they are too weak to do so (e.g. unemployment, old-age, child birth). We often do not realize the impact of the ‘invisible hand’ and have a rather negative perception about taxes, however taxes are that very niche way that takes away from some people and give it away to the people in need. Most interestingly, it gives back to those people from who it was taken away in the first place, when they need it. I wish you lots of fun playing this exciting game we tried so hard to develop for you! It contains real statistics, not to bore you, but to inform you. No fake news 😉
I I teach statistics and econometrics at Maastricht University. The reputation of these subjects is that they are difficult and not the most popular. Yet I think it is increasingly important these days to master them — not only to “tame the numbers” and dig out useful information, but also to protect oneself against manipulation by biased or fake statisticians (who are more plentiful than honest, prudent ones). Irina is a former student who approached me with her idea for a fact-based social board game about international mobility and taxes. I live and pay taxes abroad, as do three of my four daughters, and I have a professional interest in the redistributive and incentive effects of tax systems. So, I got hooked and took on the challenge of designing a consistent set of rules aiming to make the game exciting while keeping it instructive.
I I have trusted my good friend with her brilliant idea of the board game and I joined her in this new journey. I was still busy with my master studies in interior architecture at that time, therefore the board game was an unknown field for us as young, but very curious researchers.
Currently, I am a self-employed interior designer with very much interest in graphic field. Moldova is where I come from and the Netherlands, Maastricht is my home, at the moment.
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Once you have purchased the game and played all it’s challenges, we have prepared more challenges to offer you! Simply send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject: “Challenges – Round 2” and you will receive a file that will take you to the next level!