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This Game Might Teach Trump About the Perils of Nuclear Power via Fastcoexist

Epic Orphan can help you (and any trigger happy presidents) understand the world of nuclear proliferation a little better.

Given that the incoming commander-in-chief have a somewhat cavalier attitude toward using warheads to settle foreign policy disputes, and he’s been highly critical of the U.S.’s nuclear deal with Iran, which could reportedly blow up in a renegotiation, one of the many fallouts of a Trump presidency could, horrifyingly, be nuclear.

If the sudden threat of nuclear war is worrying you (and it should be), consider funding Epic Orphan, a video game on Kickstarter that’s seeking $37,500 to educate us all about the danger of so-called “orphan sources” of unsecured radioactive material used for dirty bombs.

In this game, you, the player, can act as a government agent tasked with following clues to track, find, and dispose of harmful material floating around unstable countries. Along the way, you’ll hone your skills by playing a series of mini-games centered around, say, cryptography—by unlocking cell phone data—or resource management (think: juggling the multiple tasks it takes to keep a power plant running safely after an earthquake). The goal, according to the pitch on Kickstarter, is to “collect evidence, and assemble it to unlock the mysteries of each case.” Plus teach us more about the world’s various nuclear risk. You can see more in the demo reel below.

That idea predates the U.S. election. Creator Yvette Chin, an editor and former educator in Boston, came up with the concept for Epic Orphan as a part of the N Square Game Design Challenge, a $10,000 video game competition backed by N Square, a nonprofit group that’s working to find new ways to increase the understanding of nuclear safety in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ploughshares Fund, Hewlett Foundation, and Skoll Global Threats Fund.

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