The Last Straw, by Kate Rossiter and Kate Reeve, is a game that simulates the social determinants of health, i.e. how healthy you will be based on your gender, race, socio-economic status, behavior, and so on. It was developed originally for their university health promotion class. Now they sell it for $100 plus shipping.

The game takes you through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age, assuming you live that long. It’s roll-and-move, and your initial starting position determines how healthy or sick you will get as you travel around life’s events. Sometimes players can cooperate to help out one of the other players who’s about to die. If you’re all not dead before the end of the game (this may require facilitator intervention), one of the survivors could be considered the winner.

Here’s part 1 of 2 of an explanatory video for the game facilitator: