Monday, April 25, 2011

Shop Open: Nature Game Sale

Sale has ended..

It's finally here! The Nature Game Starter Pack is finally finished and ready for purchase. Unfortunately due to the issue of obtaining blank game boards (and a few other snags) we're only offering the playing cards, full instructions on how to play the game, and instructions on how to create a game board just like ours! 

Download the 14 pages of cards plus more for $5 for a limited time!

What are you getting in The Nature Game Starter Pack?

  • Inside this printable you'll be getting simple instructions (with picture) to guide you through making your own game board. I've even included links and specifics on the graphics we used. 
  • You'll also receive the very simplistic instructions for playing The Nature Game. Once you have the supplies on hand making the game board shouldn't take you more then 30 minutes!
  • You will also receive 56 Nature Game Cards. These cards include challenges which help you collect acorns as you move around the board. While the biggest object of the game, is of course, to have fun and get out and explore the idea of the game is to collect acorns as you travel around the game board. Most of the cards in the starter pack include small challenges like identifying insects, flowers, trees, feathers, and more. While some of them are less challenging like looking at the clouds and calling out what shapes or images you can see. Players collect acorns for identifying things with or without the aid of field guides. There are also bonus cards which allow a player to gain or lose acorns for theoretical situations.
  • Example: "You remembered to wear sunscreen and shared it with the rest of the group! Collect 2 acorns and take another turn."  "Oh no! You disturbed a nest of bees. Lose one acorn and move back to the nearest yellow marker on the board."  
  • The idea of the bonus cards, as I'm sure you've guessed, is to encourage doing the right thing while out on Nature Walks, group hikes, etc. 

Why it is called a Starter Pack? The idea is that we have hopes of making booster packs of cards based on specific habitats or places one might normally hike, explore, or in general be involved with nature. Meaning that we hope to share the subsequent booster packs with you as we create them. They would, of course, be sold at a lesser price as you'd only be obtaining more cards for game play.

How many people can play this game? We've played with as few as 3 and as many 12. The game was originally created with our small family of four in mind. However, it's quite easily adaptable and that's included in the instructions/rules of the game. When we played with more people we had a few teams of 2 going around the board. 

Do I need anything Special to get printing? No! You can print your game cards on regular paper or card stock. We printed our first test batch on red card stock (scrapbooking paper cut to fit in the printer) and our final play batch was printed on a lovely tan card stock. Once we printed on both sides of our paper (challenges on one side, Nature Game on the other side) we laminated the cards before cutting them apart.

How do you store your game? We store our's in an empty flour sack, mostly because we have an excess supply of them. A simple plastic shoe style box would work too if your box is big enough to fit the game board. We keep our cards rubber banded together and our little acorn/beads stored in a small drawstring bag. Use whatever works for you! We may be selling the bags for storage down the tracks, as well as premade game boards.. time will tell.

Is The Nature Game region specific? No, we created the game while living in Tasmania and we use it freely here, but it isn't specific to our region. If you have trees, lizards, rocks, logs, toads, frogs, spiders, birds, and a general curiosity about you then you'll have no trouble using the game. We do use our own field guides which are region specific, but clearly you'd use your own which would be specific to the area in which you reside.

Please Note: All files are PDF format and you can use Adobe Reader to view them with, which is free. Unless otherwise specified all files can be printed on A4 o US sized paper.

Some files (like this one) are compressed ZIP files, so you will need to extract them before you can view them. You can find free extractors online if you don't all ready own one, just try a simple Google search.

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