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, yet always with 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 

Flight of Pollen is a multi-level, multi-player board game. Rules are based on the real behaviour, characteristics and interactions of our flora and fauna and the elements.
Play is co-operative at all levels, and is also competitive in the final level.
Now available.

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?

Cloak of Protection Wooden box

Cloak of Protection Deluxe edition (Wooden Box)

It’s the same game you know & love, but now available in NZ pine.

  • Recently

    • Flight of Pollen delivery Flight of Pollen delivery Flight of Pollen has finally arrived!   And I've been busy dropping off pre-orders door-to-door. Big congratulations to the design team, and to Graphic Press, Levin.   They've done the game proud. Meanwhile Stan is busy overlocking ...
    • Lifting off with Kapanui School Lifting off with Kapanui School               Nearly five years ago Kapanui School students in Matt Wynne's class helped make the how-to-play video for Cloak of Protection. In the meantime a strong bond has been formed between myself and Wellington Enviroschools. So when ...
    • the hairiness of moths the hairiness of moths Here, seen through a window, is a very hairy moth. The bigger the moth, the more the hairs, the larger the load of pollen it carries from flower to flower. Aoteaora/New Zealand is a land of moths ...
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    • in Taupo in Taupo Friday 27 - Sunday 29 October. Friday morning was playing with environmental educators, Friday evening was the launch of Playing in Paradise lead by WonderWoman Jane Penton. Jane and I have children (now adults) of the ...
    • Taupo Library Taupo Library Taupo District Library. SATURDAY Oct 28, 1-3.30pm. If you're in the area, please come play both my New Zealand environmental board games with me. This is part of the Playing in Paradise exhibition in the ...
    • Open Day & Plant Sale Open Day & Plant Sale Otari-Wilton's Bush. 160 Wilton Rd, Wilton. Wellington. Saturday 23 Sept 10am - 2pm. View a sample Flight of Pollen game. It's got their logo on the back - they're giving it great support. Nga mihi nui.


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