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LEARN to play EVENTS

let’s pollinate. Flight of Pollen
OR share (for those of you who already can-do)

FLIGHT OF POLLEN:

Otari-Wilton’s Bush Information Centre, WELLINGTON
SUNDAY 15 April 2pm

Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, KAPITI COAST
TUESDAY 17 April 1pm

Zealandia (for attendees of NZAEE Conference ONLY)
THURSDAY 19 April 8.30pm

Stonefields, AUCKLAND (contact me for more details)
SUNDAY 29 April 2pm

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Enviroschools / Te Aho Tu Roa / Kakariki Games EVENT

In the bush, Nga Manu Nature Reserve
at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, Waikanae

On Tuesday 13 March, students from five Kapiti Coast schools came together for a teacher and senior student workshop.

In the morning Flight of Pollen was played in the Education Centre. This was very appropriate since both the Centre and the game have received generous support from the Philipp Family Foundation.

Then the afternoon was spent touring the grounds. Nga Manu Reserve provided an ideal setting in which to explore the concepts of pollination of our native flora and fauna. And guide Rhys (pictured) carefully grounded the game play elements (plants, pollinators, weather elements).

“Brilliant” said parents and students. “We noticed things around us that the game had in it – like pollinators.” “We identified plants.” “We learnt new things.”

Having shown they can now play the game, it has gone back to their schools, with the responsibility to teach the game to the students there. . .

“We will introduce and pollinate our school with the game,” said Kapanui students Leo, Zane and Jasmin.

Did they develop understanding of this topical local and global issue? Yes, definitely.

“We will now be more aware of what pollinators do for us.“

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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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ruling on a rule change

Pandora SMALL
Last year we had (what I thought was) a fabulous suggestion for a rule change.

I see that I never reported this, or the outcome.

Rachel Eckersley, enviroschools co-ordinator Taranaki, suggested the following change:
When a predator is ‘Pandor-ed’ (ie given to another player via a Pandora) then that predator is removed from the pack for the rest of the game.

So, as part of a reward for the schools that had exceptional input during Game week (Sept 2013), I asked students if they thought this should become a rule of the game.

predatorVectorThe responses were (not all schools replied):

Dyer Street School “It was a close call but overall we voted for keeping the current rule. Interesting discussion though.” NO CHANGE

Marco School “We have discussed the change of rule and are unanimous with leave it alone. Because quote ‘we will run out of predators and takes away the fun of the game.’ NO CHANGE

We could say that Pukerua Bay School are already playing a version of this rule, so we’ll take that as a YES to the new rule

And from Enviroschools Wellington facilitator Gill Stewart YES & co-ordinator Karyn Burgess MAYBE YES

So I was never sure where that left us!? Feel free to try out the rule in a game & give me some feedback.

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at Island Bay School

Saturday evening was a games evening at Island Bay School.

Peter Noble, of Board Game Rentals was there. And, of course, me with Cloak of Protection. And May, one of their students, will now be teaching the game to her classmates.

Peter rents Board Games to Schools and runs the Great Games Club fund raiser for several schools in the Wellington region.

He wants people to find out about all the really great games that are out there!

But also. Want to rent games for Christmas? Join his library before Christmas and get double the games over the Christmas period. Offer closes 13th December 2013.

It’s a wonderful way to try out new games, while all the family are congregating. For more info:

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bouquets

Last week I played the game with some Porirua enviroschools at Te Rito Gardens. It was a blast! Arihia brought her son and he lifted the bar – proving right her comment “my kids are getting really savvy & strategic”!!

Then I got these comments from the Broom family: “We first came across your game when my daughter got to play it at Martinborough School as part of testing and feedback of lots of games (including Cloak of Protection). I took one game to friends in Jakarta over the holidays. It was such a hit. I am now buying them for my nieces in the UK!

And so the Cloak takes wings!

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predator = hunter

When I was in Taranaki, I found that I was changing the word predator to the word hunter.

Strangely, I find myself having to explain this word often!

In common usage a predator is an animal that lives by killing and eating other animals.

This is part of the natural order as in the statement ‘the population of rabbits is controlled by natural predators.’ (which they aren’t in NZ – of course)

In the game, and in NZ, the word predator has a different usage. It is also used to describe a species that has a significant impact on a bird species. As in ‘kiore caused many historical extinctions of forest & sea birds’

Here, the new hunters changed everything.

If you look at the booklet that comes with the game you will find more predator / hunter information.

in the game kiore help hunt to extinction huia, matuhi (bush wren), piopio, koreke (NZ quail), tutukiwi (snipe), & adzebill

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some interesting questions

The following interesting questions have come through from Lesley, this week.

I have questions that don’t seem to be covered in the instructions.

1) Can cards be transferred from the hand to the cloak at any time? Can they also be transferred back?

2) When then initial 5 cards are dealt, does this constitute the first row of the cloak, or are they the initial hand?

3) Does the cloak need to be built row by row (as you would if you were really weaving) or can the cards be placed anywhere in the cloak?

Reply / Jil says:

Everything can be moved at any time. The Cloak is not finished (woven) until all cards are laid out into the shape. When I first teach the game, we lay out a Cloak as we play. But as players get more experienced they get quite adept at hiding cards in the open ie not putting a complete cloak together until the last moment.

Also the initial 5 cards are just the initial hand – some may be used anywhere in your cloak, some may be used for trading, and some may be eaten by a predator.

Hope this helps. tnxs for the questions.

Lesley says:

Thanks for the answers. Just one follow-up question, do the predators take cards from both the cloak and the hand?

Reply / Jil says:
Thanks for these questions. Yes, the predators take cards from both the cloak and the hand. This makes people look very carefully at their hand (& at other people’s) before they decide on an action – to sacrifice the birds, to use a god, to use their Pandora & give it to someone else.

Other news: Drew has chosen Te Ra School, Raumati South, Kapiti Coast, to receive a game. This is a great choice as parents from the school have been purchasing the game, but the school itself has not had a copy! These choices are proving very interesting for me!

Meanwhile, birds on Kapiti Island (5km off-shore my beach) “one of New Zealand’s most important nature reserves” are thriving. Including hihi, the stitchbird. Conservation Department staff now believe (that after a 3-year programme) the island is now free of stoats.

In Cloak of Protection hihi gets eaten by ship rat + stoat