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The Pasta Wars: A Prisoner's Dilemma Simulation-Game

Ebner, N. & Winkler, Y. , (2008) PASTA WARS: A prisoner’s dilemma simulation-game. Simulation & Gaming 40(1), 134-146

54 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2013 Last revised: 11 Apr 2017

Noam Ebner

Creighton University Graduate School - Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Yifat Winkler

Winkler Law Offices

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The PASTA WARS is a four-party negotiation/conflict simulation-game, in which participants must decide recurrently whether to adopt a cooperative stance or a competitive strategy towards one another. Participants are formed into four groups, each of which manages a flour mill that is attempting to sell its produce to a single purchaser, the local pasta restaurant, over a series of rounds. Each mill’s profitability is dependent not only on its own manufacturing strategy but also on that of the three other mills. In this way, they are subtly placed in an iterated four-way Prisoner's Dilemma, and they must maneuver, in an environment of limited communication, to develop relationships with each other and to build trust as a means of enabling personal and joint gain.

This document contains all materials needed to conduct the simulation-game, as well as notes for teachers on game-management and debrief.

In addition, the document includes translations of the simulation's material into ten languages, for use with students and trainees around the world.

Keywords: simulation, simulation-game, communication, competition, conflict, cooperation, negotiation, Prisoner’s Dilemma, relationship building, trust, negotiation pedagogy, roleplay, role-play

Suggested Citation

Ebner, Noam and Winkler, Yifat, The Pasta Wars: A Prisoner's Dilemma Simulation-Game (2008). Ebner, N. & Winkler, Y. , (2008) PASTA WARS: A prisoner’s dilemma simulation-game. Simulation & Gaming 40(1), 134-146. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200350

Noam Ebner (Contact Author)

Creighton University Graduate School - Department of Interdisciplinary Studies ( email )

2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
United States

Yifat Winkler

Winkler Law Offices ( email )

36 Keren Hayesod St.
Jerusalem, 92149
Israel

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