I’ve just finished reading a couple of compelling science books.
A WORLD WITHOUT Bees (The mysterious decline of the honeybee & what it means to us), tells how our species is beginning to walk dangerously out of step with the rest of nature.
It’s a common theme.
Reading Callum Robert’s Ocean of Life HOW OUR SEAS ARE CHANGING, I was as absorbed as when I first read Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.
I don’t know how Callum makes this urgent need for the wholesale reversal of present trends of wildlife decline and environmental degradation, a testament to the human spirit – but he does!
David Suzuki calls it ‘an eloquent and authoritative call for change with a blueprint to guide us in salvaging the great oceans.’ Which it most definitely is.
I got it out from the Kapiti Coast library (aren’t libraries wonderful!)
Judges for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books (it was short-listed) said: “Roberts sets modern conservation in context. For instance he has taken fisheries science and channelled it into the mainstream debate. This book is thrilling: a delightful mix of anecdote, research and polemic.”
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. .
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.
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!!
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