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.

Pardon Our Dust!

Welcome to the new Central Michigan University Press website & e-commerce store. We’re excited for you to poke around and see what we’ve all been up to these last several months as we’ve been building the Press. Some of the site is still a work in progress, so here are a couple of things of note as you kick the tires:

  • If you would like to know more about the Press, its guiding principles, and its leadership, please visit the About page.
  • If you are interested in submitting a game pitch to the Press’s Scholarship and Lore: Games for Learning series, be sure to check out the Submission page.
  • The e-commerce part of the site is not entirely set up yet. You should be able to look at product pages for a few of our games and other related products, but not purchase any of them directly on site. Instead, for our game Monumental Consequence in particular, you can head over to the game’s Preorder Store on Backerkit to preorder the physical game (and purchase the Print & Play PDF and the Curriculum Guide PDF right now). We hope to have the store fully operational in the next few weeks.

If you have questions about anything on the site, reach out to use through the Contact page.