The fun social board game sparking conversation to open the space for connection and belonging.
That feeling of joy, freedom, and peace all at once?
Psychologists call it nervous system regulation.
Others call it flow.
We know it as connection.
But no matter what you want to call it, it feels amazing! Just like a good night's sleep, a fresh swim and a warm meal.
And, it's also a whole lot of FUN.
Research has already overwhelmingly shown that the moments spent in community creating and caring for relationships are important for our overall wellbeing. But it's not always easy or straightforward, so we made Alegoria to make it happen.
Now, all it takes to have fun, engaging, and insightful conversations that are easy to start is to pop open the box and play!
Watch the Alegoria Puzzle fill up before your eyes to beautifully represent the moment in time shared together in presence.
Alegoria was developed by mother and daughter, Thania Arellano and Alina Grenier-Arellano, to make conversation an easy and enjoyable experience of connection.
As a social and clinical psychologist, Thania Arellano was faced with rising loneliness and disconnect in communities. Knowing that conversation is the way towards a fulfilling and healthy life, Thania wanted the game to come alive outside her office so that anyone can play and enjoy the wonders of connection by sparking conversation.
Over the years, she developed an intelligently curated card game utilizing Gestalt, Somatic Experiencing and Polyvagal-informed principles, which would one day become Alegoria.
Together, Thania and Alina transformed the card deck into the fun board game that is Alegoria. And, in 2019, Alegoria successfully and easily opened the space for connection and belonging in schools, support centres, and community-driven organisations.
The gifts of conversation can now be found in the enjoyable experience of spending time with friends, family and community.
Human beings are wired for connection and through conversation, the capacity for trust, vulnerability, courage, and compassion can grow.
All of which greatly benefits each player's personal relationships as well as their community as a whole.
Alegoria makes this possible through play.
Launching as both a game and tool, Alegoria has been an essential part of communities supporting language learning and compassionate conversation to teach connection, resilience and trust that the game sparks.
Brought into the worlds of education and patient care, Alegoria has been used by not only hundreds of families in Canada, the US, and Mexico, but also thousands of groups in Cegeps, schools, community centres, and therapists' offices with overwhelmingly positive response.
"LOVED IT! I've played with family, friends, my significant other and even people I barely knew. Alegoria is an amazing game to get to know each other and bring up important topics that don't usually get discussed."
Marc Antoine, Montréal, Canada
"Après avoir joué Alegoria, je me suis senti inspiré. Mon moment préféré était de voir les autres s'ouvrir grâce a des questions plus sensibles."
Charlie, CHUM Mental Health Practitioner, Montréal, Canada
"Alegoria es un juego increíble donde puedes conocer con más profundidad a tu familia, empatizar con ellos y conectar emocionalmente. Es un juego que fomentan la reflexión, la escucha, incluso el diálogo en la familia; además de que surgen muchas emociones durante el proceso. Realmente me encantó!"
Veronica, Mexico D.F., Mexico
"This is more than a game, it is a tool for social transformation. Every detail is so well thought out! I am amazed how the two women who created that game succeeded to bring the complexity of human relations to a simple and fun tool that allow the players to open and share from their authentic self and therefore foster deeper and significant relationships around them. Thank you!"
Annick, Montréal, Canada
"Alegoria est devenue une partie intégrante de notre communauté et nous l’utilisons dans nos cours pour l’apprentissage des langues ainsi que pour réduire l’anxiété courante chez les étudiants d’aujourd’hui."
Yanick, Language Department Head, Lévis, Canada
Question Card Favourites:
What activity makes you feel like a child again?
What is your magic?
How would it be to be stuck in a bowl of Jell-O?
What side of you do few people know?
What are you beginning to doubt?
In each sparked conversation, spontaneous answers and surprising stories allow the joy of connection to bring friends and family together.
Alegoria is the bilingual game you have been waiting for! Each Question Card is double-sided to teach effective communication in new and native languages!
Alegoria is made and manufactured in Canada.
Everything from conception to fabrication was created in the Greater Montréal Region.
Alegoria's puzzle? Lasercut from premium Canadian Birchwood.
The manufacturing? Montréal's awesome and young Umake Factory made it happen.
The design? The talented product and graphic designers from Montréal and the Laurentians.
The innovative game design and everything in between was created by mother and daughter mostly during their nature walks and thrilling conversations in their Canadian home.
Alegoria the Social Board Game includes:
- The beautiful Alegoria Mandala Puzzle made of premium and locally-sourced Quebec Birchwood.
- Alegoria Mandala Puzzle Pieces of 8 different, bright colours.
- 100 Questions Card Deck. Double sided in English and French.
- The Alegoria Feature Cards (Alegoria Card, Share Card, Challenge Card, and Time's Out Card).
Proudly made in Montréal, Canada by Rapids Inc.
By playing Alegoria, the space opens for the experience of fun conversations that connect people together. Our commitment to go beyond small talk and boring conversations without connection made possible Alegoria's sparkling conversations. By integrating the most advanced psychological principles, Alegoria's intuitive game design makes sure that the time spent with others in play is easy, enjoyable and engaging so that each player can be themselves, connect, and have fun!
Our games are made with quality and locally sourced materials from Québec, Canada.
Refund Policy: Return all pieces in same condition received within 15 days of delivery for a new Alegoria without shipping.