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Sapphire Springs: Blue Beginnings


Amelia Winger-Bearskin and Tristan Winger-Bearskin

(she/her, he/him)

WED, JAN 3 | 9:30 AM - 12 PM (MST)
Large Flex 3

Limited spots available for remote players to join the gameplay virtually! Register here.

An online and in-person Role Playing Game, dedicated to speculative water futures hosted by the science storytelling collective Talk to Me About Water members: Tristan and Amelia Winger-Bearskin.

In this RPG Players will be taking on the roles of leaders of fictional leaders of countries, exploring ideas about water conservation, the roles of legislation and leadership in environmentalist protection efforts, as well as the influencces and driving forces behind ecological exploitation. The RPG will attempt to give players and expanded view and understanding of the political and overhead view of ecological exploitation and conservation, and how they're interlinked.

From the Artists

Amelia Winger-Bearskin and Tristan Winger-Bearskin

Banks Preeminence Chair and Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Arts, University of Florida, Talk to Me About Water / Talk to Me About Water

Talk to Me About Water:

We are a group of artists, science storytellers, water scientists, artificial intelligence researchers, data scientists, and more. Talk to Me About Water projects include: a generative card game, a series of artworks, talks, workshops, a sound library, and data curation activities. We also are part of Climate Lounge: a vibe shift for your day, live streams, and on-site experience activations.

Water is a huge, monumental, fundamental amazing thing. Because of that most people when I strike up a conversation about water will first tell me they do not know a lot about a particular part of the water story. Even water scientists are humble on this. We all are learning and not one of us knows precisely how the climate crisis will pan out in our near future, but we all know water will be the center of that story. So I think it is important to bridge the gap between water scientists and the general population, so we can begin to tell water stories and address the global water crisis. It is said that “The future is here it’s just not evenly distributed.” It’s the same way with the water crisis— it will be a crisis for all of us one day, but currently, those shouldering the most of this burden are the global indigenous, the water protectors seeking to stop the extraction and pollution of their ecosystems. It feels far away now, but their water is our water or will be soon. If we don’t listen to them it’s like we’re ignoring a message from the future. Part of Talk to me About Water is also bridging that gap for those who are experiencing the water crisis more acutely to hear from them, unfiltered.


Eamon O'Connor, Facilitator, talk to me about water member.
Thomas Woodcheke, playtester, just a lil guy.