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Game of Values - Instructions and dictionary

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1) Single player

  1. Choose the area you want to formulate the guiding question: What do I find important in my life / work / family / relationships / faith / …?
  2. Go through the cards and make a rough pre-selection of values into 3 piles, from very important to moderate to not important, based on your question.
  3. From the important pile, choose 10 cards (if necessary, add values from the moderate pile) that you think represent you the best and rank them in order of importance.
  4. Reflect on the ranking of your values and start making a list of your actions / behaviors that serve those core values. Ask yourself which actions / behaviors are not represented, or guide you away from your core values.

2) With a partner or any other person in a close relationship

We recommend doing both versions at the same time.

Version 1

  1. Lay the cards on the table with the values facing up.
  2. Each of the players writes down the values they think are most important to themselves, without the other seeing them.
  3. Reveal your values to the other. Take turns talking about each value and what they mean to each of the players and how they make meaning out of them.

Version 2

  1. Each player chooses the values that they think are the most important to the other player.
  2. Take turns talking about each value and why you chose each of them for the other player.

3) 3-10 players

  1. For the first round, choose a player to place the cards on the table and choose the area you want to formulate the guiding question. What do I find important in my life / work / family / relationships / faith / …?
  2. The player of the round shuffles the cards and places the first 5 value cards of the deck in a row on the table. They will be numbered from 1 to 5, following the sequence in the row.
  3. Each participant must silently choose the value that they find the most important for the player of the round, to answer the main question.
  4. Count up to 3 together and reveal, raising your fingers, the corresponding number of the value chosen.
  5. The player of the round says the correct value and explains why.
  6. Every player that chooses the correct value gets one point.
  7. Start a conversation and every player can justify their choices, explaining the meaning behind it.
  8. It is up to the party how to play the next round: changing the guiding question or the values.
  9. Every round, choose another player until all have played.
  10. The winner is the player who collects the most points!

4) 1-∞ players

  1. Randomly select a card. It is up to you to decide the frequency (daily, weekly, etc.), but go through all 55 values.
  2. Use the questions below to self-reflect on the chosen value.
  3. Record your answers and keep track of your insights and feelings while going through all the questions.
  4. After you have reflected on all the values in the deck, choose 5 that you had the most connection with, based on your answers. Those are your core values.

This form of play can also be used in groups (classroom, office, home), sharing your reflections with others.


  • What does the value mean to me and how do I define it?
  • How does the value manifest itself in my life/work/relationships/...?
  • How would I like it to be manifested?
  • Which of my actions shows that this value is important to me and which actions show the opposite?
  • Did I do anything today to fulfill this value? Why or why not?
  • What would change in my life/work/relationships/... if this value were more important to me?
  • Which behaviors are encouraging or discouraging the implementation of this value in my life/work/relationships/...?
  • How do you think someone would behave with this as their core value?
  • What would my life/work/relationships/... look like if I fully embraced this value?


  • Art: the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
  • Authenticity: representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified
  • Autonomy: independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions
  • Beauty: the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations, a meaningful design or pattern, or something else.
  • Belonging: to be in the relation of a member, adherent, inhabitant, etc.
  • Calmness: freedom from motion or disturbance
  • Communication: the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs
  • Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering
  • Control: the act or power of controlling; regulation; domination or command
  • Courage: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery
  • Creativity: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination
  • Curiosity: the desire to learn or know about anything
  • Devotion: earnest attachment, dedication to a cause, person
  • Excellence: possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good
  • Faith: confidence or trust in a person or thing
  • Family: any group of people closely related by blood or marriage, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins or other
  • Food: any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth
  • Freedom: exemption from external control, interference, regulation
  • Friendship: a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard
  • Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness
  • Growth: size or stage of development
  • Harmony: a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity
  • Health: the state of being free from illness or injury
  • Home: the place in which one's domestic affections are centered
  • Honesty: the quality or fact of being frank; uprightness and fairness
  • Humor: a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement
  • Imagination: the faculty of forming mental concepts of what is not actually present to the senses
  • Integrity: adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty
  • Joy: the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation
  • Justice: the quality of righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness
  • Knowledge: acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition
  • Leadership: providing direction or guidance to an individual or group
  • Loyalty: the state or quality of faithfulness to commitments or obligations
  • Morality: conformity to the rules of right conduct; virtuous conduct
  • Passion: intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction
  • Patience: bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like
  • Peace: a state of mutual harmony between people or groups or nations, especially in personal relations
  • Pleasure: enjoyment or satisfaction derived from what is to one's liking; gratification; delight
  • Power: ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something
  • Reputation: the estimation in which a person or thing is held, especially by the community or the public generally
  • Respect: a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation
  • Responsibility: the state or fact of being answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management
  • Rest: freedom from activity or labor, a state of motionlessness or inactivity
  • Satisfaction: an act of fulfillment; gratification
  • Security: freedom from danger, risk, anxiety, or doubt; well-founded confidence
  • Self-image: one's conception of oneself or of one's role
  • Self-realization: fulfillment by oneself of the possibilities of one's character or personality
  • Self-respect: regard for one's own standing or position
  • Sexuality: the way people experience and express themselves, through biological, psychological, physical, erotic, emotional, social, or spiritual feelings and behaviors
  • Spirituality: seeking a meaningful connection with something bigger than yourself
  • Success: favorable or desired outcome, the accomplishment of one's or group goals
  • Tolerance: a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry
  • Trust: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence
  • Wealth: an abundance or profusion of anything; plentiful amount
  • Wisdom: knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight