Announcing Rising Waters

It’s Spring, 1927. While Americans dance the Charleston and drink bootlegged liquor, the Mississippi Delta faces a flood of epic proportions. If battered river levees collapse, everything important to you will be washed away.

RISING WATERS is a cooperative board game built around area control, set collection, and variable player power mechanics where players experience life through the lens of African American plight. In the game, you will confront two forces – racism from white landowners and the power of nature. Persevere by drawing on your community’s courage and strength from your family, church, music, farming, and education.  Can you manage the rising waters to stay alive?

During the flood, work together playing as members of the African American community to keep your family and neighbors alive by minimizing losses during the flood. Players must also negotiate the demands of white landowners. If players keep below the maximum level of losses for a certain number of rounds, they’ve survived the worst of the flood and win the game!

RISING WATERS is a 2-4 player game of the strength of community, methods of resistance, and the struggle against nature suitable for both classroom use and casual play from Central Michigan University Press. 

2-4 Players 60-90 Minutes Ages 14 & Up

Designer: Scout Blum

Artists: Lamaro Smith, Makiyah Alexander


RISING WATERS will launch on Kickstarter on October 4! Sign up on Backerkit for further updates about the game and to learn when the Kickstarter Prelaunch Page will go live.


Community Card Draft Images, art by Lamaro Smith. Not final.

Rising Waters Game Board Draft. Not final.

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