Michigan

Michigan

A couple weeks ago me and my family set out to go see the great state of Michigan. To get there we traveled through Ohio and saw some of our relatives in Cleveland. We had a game day in weird realms and it was super successful. We met some amazing people. After that we chilled out, played Dungeons and Dragons, walked through an amazing park, and ate Gyros. (The Gyros were my favorite) Then we continued our travels up to Michigan. We saw bell isle. We went to a zoo, aquarium, and botanical gardens. Our first night in Michigan we stayed in a little town that was exactly like Brookville. That night we dined on some Wendy’s  and went to bed. The next day we had breakfast a big boy the went to a national park. we met some amazing people and walked there beautiful trails. Next we went to a zoo and saw some pretty cool animals. Then we stayed in a hotel and ate at a place called nicks. I would highly recommend it, it was delicious. Then we swam for a while at the hotel pool, and the next big day came. This was the day we met four new and nerdy people: Karen Cleveland, of the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, Sarah Cummins, policy and regulations specialist in the Wildlife Division of the DNR, Casey O’Donnell, Associate Professor, Diana Engle, DNR’s Michigan History Center . They were astonishing and taught us a lot. The highlight of my day was when Karen took us to see peregrine falcon’s nest.  That concludes our trip to Michigan. I had an amazing... read more
We are having a Game Day

We are having a Game Day

On Saturday, July 22, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Athia and I will be at the Sawmill Center For The Arts. We are going to have a day where people can come and learn how to play Edge Of Extinction. There, we will be giving out GOLD Edition cards. We will also be teaching people all day, and if there is enough people who are 10 and up, we will have a tournament for the game at 11:00. The Sawmill Center’s concession stand will be open around the lunch hour. Parker’s Trading Post will be selling starter decks at the event. You must have a starter deck to play with, you can buy one prior to the event, or you can buy one at the event. You have to pay $10:00 to get in to the Game Day Tournament. For those of you who live in Cleveland, we are also having a Demo Day at Weird Realms. this will be taking place on June 24, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It will be for people ages 10 and up. Hope your enjoying your... read more

Burst of Life

Burst of Life is my new favorite card. When you draw this card you can draw as many cards as you you have species. Once when I was playing the game with my family we got through the whole deck in eight rounds. It was a great night.(disclaimer dad changed it so the is a limit of eight... read more

Researching Joshua Tree National Park Deck

Western Fence Lizard Will Elder, NPS I thought I would tell you what we do when we research cards. There is not a lot of work to do when researching cards. We have a species creation form for the cards. first, I type the name of the card in the blank for the name, Then, I find the scientific information and put it in the blank for that. Next, I find the requirements for the card and put it in the blank for that. When finding the scientific information, there is a scale  that says whether the card is endangered or not. Whatever it says, mark the bubble for what it says. Then, find out whether it is an aquatic, land, or flying species. After that, find out if it is a herbivore, omnivore, or carnivore. Once that is done, define whether it is an animal, invertebrate, plant, fungi, or microbe. Next, see what size it is and bubble in the information. If the species has a fact, put it in the spot for it. Last, the card number is decided on the requirements, whether it is endangered, and if it needs a special species. I put the number in the spot for the card number. I am researching cards for Joshua Tree this week. There are 63 cards in the deck, just like all the other decks. I’ve researched 24 of them so far. Joshua Tree has 36 new cards that need researched. There are a lot of invertebrates to research. This deck is mostly arid regions with a few forest and grassland regions. My favorite card name... read more
Two New Locations to buy EDGE

Two New Locations to buy EDGE

Clarion, PA If you are looking for EDGE in Clarion County, you can now stop into Michelle’s Cafe for a coffee and a starter deck. Ann and Nancy now stock EDGE of EXTINCTION. They also have game tables scattered throughout the cafe in case you bring a friend. If you have not had a chance to check out the cards yet, they provide a preview deck next to the display.   Gettysburg, PA Holly and Arty at Four Corners Games now carry EDGE along with several other trading card games. When Maia and I were in Harrisburg for Let’s Play PA we had the change to drive down and play a few rounds with Holly. The next time you are in Gettysburg, stop into Four Corners Games and tell them we sent... read more
Athia and I took on a weekend of hiking

Athia and I took on a weekend of hiking

Athia and I hiked parts of the Baker Trail and North Country Trail this weekend. We met up with some of the Baker Trail Gurus like Dewaine, Patty, Donna, Sarah and Ruth on Saturday morning for a two day hike. Our trek took us 15 miles on Saturday. Then we slept at a cabin in Cook Forest for the night. Sunday’s hike was about 10 miles before we made it to our car. Janine and I are working hard to make sure our girls are ready for the life that hits you after high school, so I am happy to report that Athia was a trooper the whole time. It was a lot of mountains and valleys, and with the help of a few snickers bars… I did a great job without complaining. 😉 Athia did much better than me on the hike, and ended the trek with a smile… I think. She was up with Dewaine at the head of the pack so I couldn’t see her very well. We passed an enormous beaver dam on Saturday. I think it is the largest one I have seen so far. It was pretty awesome to witness. We also passed by a clear-cut section of forest. We have been looking for a photo of clear cutting for the game for several years, so I am happy that we now have one … but also happy that it took us three years of searching to find one. The folks at the Baker Trail are all in for a Baker Trail Area Starter Deck, so the girls and I will get started... read more
Three New Decks are Ready!

Three New Decks are Ready!

You can now order Arches, Zion and Great Smoky Mountain National Park Starter Decks. Check out our online store for more details. Maia and I will be attending Let’s Play PA on February 18th. I will be presenting at the conference. Athia and Janine will be away at a Girl Scouts weekend so Maia and I will be learning what we can and reporting back with what we learn from the experts in the gaming and education industries. If you can attend, please do. It is hosted by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. More details can be found online. Bad Ideas? If you have a bad idea we should consider, let us know. If there is a better way to play, more fun way to learn about the game, or just a location or species we should consider including in the game, please let us know. Bad Ideas are encouraged. What’s next for us? In addition to the three new decks, we have been working on the following four Starter Decks. Rocky Mountain National Park Everglades National Park Glacier National Park Glacier Bay National Park On Feb 3, I have been asked to attend a meeting at the IU 6 (Intermediate Unit 6) building to teach the gifted program teachers how to play EDGE of EXTINCTION. The girls will be in school, but I think I can teach the game pretty effectively in their absence. If enough of the gifted programs pick up the game, it should provide this year’s travel funding we are hoping to secure to get the images we need for some of the parks... read more
Shooting for the Moon

Shooting for the Moon

Today we sent in our Mensa Mind Games application. It cost us 200 bills but I think we have a good chance of winning. This year has been an awesome ride so far, and we hope to make 2017 just as awesome. There is so much we covered in 2016. Thank you to everyone who supported the game, the girls, and myself as we added another 250 cards by September 1st and another 120 since then. This puts the total EDGE cards at 620 and counting. With a bit of luck, maybe the folks at Mensa will see what we see. Here’s to shooting for the moon. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, –... read more

Harrisburg U trip

On Tuesday, November 1 my family and I went to Harrisburg University. While we were there we taught a game design class about Edge of Extinction. The students loved it and gave us much needed feedback. Then we ate lunch and talked with some teachers about how to give Edge of Extinction a lesson plan and get it into more schools. They were a giant help. After that we got an amazing tour of the university and got to experience Virtual Reality. Soon after that we went to a place called the Game Table Cafe. It had over 400 types of games! We played a few rounds, ate some great tasting food, and got some good advice. Because of that we have decide to add on to the rules a little bit. Every time you get five regions you pick up another card at the beginning of your turn. For example, if I have ten region cards in play, then I draw three cards at the beginning of my turn. If you guys could test it out and tell us what you think that would be amazing. Thank you.... read more
It’s all about ‘them’ Parks

It’s all about ‘them’ Parks

Here is the latest from the girls and I. We are play-testing Yellowstone and Grand Canyon now. We will be wrapping up Cuyahoga Valley and Great Smoky Mountains at the end of the week. The rest will follow a few weeks later. There should be a good selection for the Christmas Season.  ... read more