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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.

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Thriller (game feedback)

Ya’akov. Game tester
Ya’akov, who is 9 years old, has tested Flight of Pollen twice. The first time (2 years ago) was when his family visited while I was on Waiheke Island. The 2nd time is this week!

Since it’s the school holidays, one morning we went to Peter’s house, and 5 of us played Flight of Pollen.

The first game took us 2 hours, we lost & the game won!

The second game took us about an hour. NIGHT won, that was me!

The game’s a thriller!

Last night my dad & I played JiL, and NIGHT won again, that was us!

His dad says “the game has come a long way, since Waiheke. Certainly more thrilling, but still true to itself.”

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gift of living space

House-sit in paradise aka Waiheke Island

Flight of Pollen has been four years in the making. It grew from the honey bee (because I was working alongside a hive), to a DAY and NIGHT pollination game in the Aotearoa / New Zealand forest.

Cushla had done a whole lot of research, when Marine asked me if I’d do a house-sit, for them, on Waiheke Island.

No hesitation on that one! Cushla gave me a boxful of papers, plus a book of ideas, and I was off. . .

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playing Cloak in a Tararua tramping hut

playing in a Tararua club tramping hut
playing in a Tararua club tramping hut
Thought I’d share this lovely comment I received in October. Perfect place to play the game!!

Just thought you might like to know how much our family love your card game. It was a real highlight taking it in our pack on our tramp on the weekend. We stayed overnight at a tramping hut with another family and introduced them to the game. With a 7,8,10 and 11 year old we played until after 10pm in candlelight. Only stopping to hear the morepork and to check out possums with torchlight. Was a great location to play the game in!