Posted on

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!

Posted on

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!’

Posted on

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!

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

New Video about Flight of Pollen

Flight of Pollen Environmental board game video.
Flight of Pollen Environmental board game video.
Jil does a new video and shows off the new box for the Flight of Pollen Environmental board game. We see the lovely new box and hear from a number of early game testers about what they think of the game.

The Video features: JiL Hemming (Game designer)
Steph (Teacher), Mathew, Rayan, Helena & Krystal (South Auckland)
Malachi & Neo (Kapiti Coast)
Rakaia, Aston, Lochie, Finn & Ya’akov (New Plymouth)

View the New video on the Flight of Pollen page.

Posted on

Playing Flight of Pollen in Taupo

A week ago, friends gathered in our cosy fire-lit living room to trial the new board game from Jil Hemming. With anticipation for the unfolding journey ahead we aquainted ourselves with the pollinator discs we had been assigned and set out to pollinate our first flowers.

At each level of complexity we learned the fascinating particulars of our pollinators – birds, insects and gecko and the peculiarities of each native plant. For instance, who knew that our famous honey-producing manuka had so few pollinators compared to that aloof giant of the forest, rata.

We worked in teams as well as co-operatively to do the work of the wind, insects, birds and gecko. What a fantastic evening, and we look forward to playing again and sharing the game with more of our friends.

Jane in Taupo-nui-a-Tia