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flowers & fruit

Idaho Honey Bee
Idaho Honey Bee
It’s the next game that’s taking all the creative space in my head at the moment.

It began last year as a bee game. For a year, I was working a couple of days a week alongside a live–observation hive. A game had to come from that!!

But then the game morphed, into a pollination game (bees, birds, moths, wind. . .)

It’s been on the dining room table & I’ve been playing myself round & round the board/table!

Now I’m waiting for the artist & the environmental scientist to add their input. It’s really exciting when exceptional people agree to assist.

The concept is strong, but it will need a lot of tweaking before it’s ready for testing. Some enviroschools won the right, last year, to test my next game (part of Game Week). Hopefully happening later this year!

I’m not sure if knowing – this time – so more about game design is a blessing or a distraction. But here we are. .

. . .more news as we go.

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looking for a retail store?

tuturiwhatu/NZ dotterel SEA bird
tuturiwhatu/NZ dotterel
SEA bird
If you’re looking for a retail store to purchase Cloak of Protection these summer hols – we’ve finally added a list. At the bottom of the BUY page.

Here’s Morgan’s illustration of tuuturiwhatu, the NZ dotterel. Found (when not breeding) on the beaches of the northern North Island, on the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, & above the bushline of Stewart Island.

All good places to be this summer!

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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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20 months on

It’s been 20 months since the card game, Cloak of Protection, launched at the Mahara Gallery.

The game is a Kapiti Coast production (game, illustration, design), and we’d all like to say a big thankyou to Janet & her team at the Mahara, for giving us our beginning, and putting us on our feet.

Once you’d shown confidence in us, others followed. The Gallery exhibition showed the quality of Morgan’s illustrations. The time spent playing the game, in sessions at the gallery – with local schools & with visitors at the gallery – started the first wave of enthusiasm. And the sales through the retail space, proved that the game had real potential.

To date, we have sold 980 games. To put this number in perspective, a big print-run for a game in NZ is 1,000 & it generally takes 4+ years to sell them all!!

noho ora mai ra

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twitter reports of the game

So, it’s been the holidays, & Cloak of Protection has been going south.

Here’s a pic from the Christchurch Airport!

This is a bit like twittering – following Cloak of Protection sightings around the country!!

There was also a report from Dunedin, toward the end of last term. Some Enviroschools co-ordinators there played late into the night.

And I’ve also played with my family in Invercargill (including my sister from Papua New Guinea).

So current twittering reports are well spread!!

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organic seeds

So, here’s a thankyou for Cloak of Protection Game Week.

As this was a joint event with Wellington & Taranaki Enviroschools, the main prizes for participating were: sticks + pencil; organic seeds; gloves; garden tool; and twine.

The organic seeds came courtesy of Purebread’s nationwide Organic Education Programme.

For every pack of Organic Pizza Bases or loaf of gluten free Young Buck that is bought, Purebread donates a sachet of seeds to an organic education programme for a kindergarten, primary school or Te Kohanga Reo.

In this case – us!!

The education of the next generation in areas of organic gardening, food, sustainability and healthy living is part of our belief in an amazing future. Robert W. Glensor @ Purebread/Paraoa BakeHouse

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regional retail

Got an email this week from Di Charlton at Apple Activities, Hastings saying:

“A customer came in to our retail shop today looking for your NZ game. I’ve done a goggle search and it looks great.

“We would love to sell your Game in our Science and Nature shop, Wildside, next door to Apple Activities. . .”

So Wildside have joined our growing list of retailers.

All we need is a few in each region to compliment our internet-based sales

We’re well represented in Wellington having been on the market here for 18 months: 3 galleries, 4 organic stores, 2 toy & book stores, 2 bird sanctuaries.

Do you have a suggestion for a stockist in your region? Then plse let them know about the game. Word of mouth is the best recommendation we can hope for

Thankyou. Look forward to your comments.

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plse spread the word to your contacts in Taranaki

Game session. At Puke Ariki “Discover it!” Children’s Library. New Plymouth

Friday, 22 March, 3-6pm (drop in)

A session for people of all ages.
Come play (for a short time or a long time) Cloak of Protection, the NZ birds & predators card game.

“It’s an authentic, educational, and thoroughly engaging conservation challenge in an Aotearoa context.” Nicola Easthope, enviro-schools facilitator/teacher

Plus, be in the draw, to win a game for you or your school.

Plse spread the word to your contacts in Taranaki!