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Printing is on

Flight of Pollen board game box
Flight of Pollen board game box
Printing is on with the generous support of the Philipp Family Foundation. We have got there, but by another route!

Many of you have let me know that your pledge still stands. Thankyou. We are still in need of these.

We’re going to have a board game played in our bush, by day and by night, with our pollinators. Magic!

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We won, but we lost at the same time!

In Flight of Pollen, I set out to make a game that was both co-operative and competitive – nothing like a challenge!

We (game designers) once spent a lot of time wondering whether or not this was possible.

Here, you must all co-operate to pollinate. Because, if the weather is bad, if you don’t get out often enough, if too many flowers close-up, you can all die!

Then, if you’re all still alive, there’s a competition to collect the most ensuing berries.

In this video Krystal talks about how this played out, and how it happened that her team ‘won but lost at the same time!’

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9 days to go!

Flight of Pollen is getting a huge number of page views, so we’re still hoping to turn these into pledges. Thankyou to all of you, who are spreading the word, especially on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Kapanui School (who made the how-to-play video for Cloak of Protection) are going to do it again for Flight of Pollen. This is huge! Look forward to the first showing, at the game launch 2 Sept.
Cross fingers & toes!

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Is Flight of Pollen educational?

When it came to researching Flight of Pollen we found some interesting gaps in the data.

Old, and no-longer-relevant, data was repeated in current books. New research concentrated on the industrialised honey bee. And cryptic statements were hard to source.

Cushla turned out to be an indominatible researcher, and she took to the Internet with zest.

Slowly, over time, a picture emerged of our biodiversity. We felt like our eyes were opened, and we began to see the world around us in a new light.

Helpfully this comes across in the game. Here’s what one test-player had to say, about the educational aspect of Flight of Pollen

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Our fundraising campaign is launched

Flight of Pollen is done and dusted!

Now we’re raising the money to print 500 copies. Printing costs are not cheap, but I’ve done my best to get recycled materials.

For instance, the counters are discarded insides of washers from Specialised Washers and Gaskets in Otaki (price = scones).

You can watch our progress toward our goal, on this site. Please pledge and/or pass the word. Every little helps.
Nga mihi nui

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First game tester, Mario

Mario, back in Italy
I was lucky enough to live in New Zealand, on Waiheke Island, where I met so many wonderful people and made a friendship with Jil, who hosted me for a month (2015).

We were playing Flight of Pollen in the evenings, almost every day, often with friends. The game was at a very early stage, it didn’t even have a definite name.

It was fun for us to create rules based on the real behavior, characteristics and interactions of New Zealand flora and fauna.

This game is a very interesting way to get an insight into NZ wildlife and to understand why loving and respecting even small things like insects and flowers is so important.

Your unique part of the world has been portrayed with very fine and accurate illustrations.

Now that I am back to Milano I can’t imagine anything more beautiful to enjoy with friends, family and my 7 year old nephew (who is already a fan of “Cloak of Protection”).

In Flight of Pollen, are the things that I learnt in New Zealand and that make life on this world worth living: love, respect and contemplation of Nature.

Mario Pinzone. Milano. Italy.