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Pollination Illumination

Aubane concentrates on the tiles for Flight of Pollen

Yesterday, Sunday 3 September, was the launch of Bee Aware Month, at the Treehouse Visitor Centre, Wellington Botannic Gardens.

We had some great game sessions playing Flight of Pollen.

Aubane (pictured) said “Interesting. Because you’ve got to work your brain, but have fun at the same time!”

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Flight of Pollen launch

Emily, on the right, shows Katie how to play
Kahu & Ru learning Flight of Pollen

The environmental board game Flight of Pollen launched at the Mahara Gallery on Saturday 2 September.

Designer JiL Hemming (Otaki), illustrator Cushla McGaughey (Waikanae), and graphic designer Don Little (ex-Waikanae), were joined by players from Kapanui School to show-case the new game.

“It takes a village to make a game,” said JiL as she thanked Janet Bayly (director Mahara Gallery), plus pledgers, supporters, game-testers, and many others for their generosity and expertise.

Money toward printing costs was raised via the PledgeMe campaign plus with a generous grant from the Philipp Family Foundation.

The how-to-play videos, made by Kapanui School students, were also launched.

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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!’