Playing our way

JiL Hemming Game Designer
JiL Hemming Game Designer (Photograph by Janet Bayly)

Playing our way

Kia Ora.  Here we are, on islands like no others. Tips of the (mostly) submerged continent of Zealandia, in the landscape of Aotearoa / New Zealand.

From here, come my environmental games.  Where we’re sometimes co-operating, sometimes competing, either way – in good heart.

I hope you’ll enjoy being gameful in our rich natural world too.  Being kakariki / green, and playing our way!

Nga mihi nui. JiL Hemming.  Game Designer

Flight of Pollen board game box

Flight of Pollen 

When a plant is old enough, it starts making flowers. Each flower is an open invite to you, as pollinators, to come visit.

If the flower’s right for you, and if it’s a good day to be out (weather helps / weather hinders) then by DAY and by NIGHT, you’ll come.

As you come to drink nectar, you move pollen. The male pollen grains travel out on your body, and then, next stop, the female receptacles collect them back in.

If you all work together, and carry enough pollen from flower to flower, then the winning team is the one that collects the most (ensuing) berries and seeds.

Cloak of Protection

Cloak of Protection

To save our birds, you need to trade, draw & play to create a feather cloak of 15 cards, in one bird realm: forest, settlement, sea, or extinct.

But BEWARE! Each card sports some predators – will they threaten your realm?

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    • Hopper Home Eco Shop Hopper Home Eco Shop opens Friday 16 & Saturday 17 November, 11 Hopper Street, Te Aro, Wellington. Stocking Cloak of Protection and Flight of Pollen. Find us there!
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