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...

On the Edge of Tips

Use the biologist to find any animal including humans. Using her to find Grandpa Strohm can win you the game. If you draw Grandpa Strohm at the beginning of the game, use him to find Grandma Strohm. Getting Grandma Strohm means you pick up double the cards that you would normally pick up. Extinction can kill humans also. This method works best when you have the two sisters card out, and you don’t have the web of life out. Invasive plant card is more powerful than the invasive animal card. If you knock out their plants then their ecosystem is crippled. When my dad and I were playing he made my canopy plant invasive and that knocked out my two twenty-three point cards therefore making me loose. If you play the invasive animal card then wait till the ninth or tenth round and play blight on them it destroys your opponent’s...
A Sneak Peek at the new game…

A Sneak Peek at the new game…

Here is a sneak peek at the new game… a collectable trading card game about endangered species. We are calling it “Edge of Extinction”. Let us know if you want to help test it over the next few months. Officially launching the “2015 Collection” in January. Game Days are being scheduled now for 2016. Let us know if you want to host one or participate in one. Prizes and giveaways will be part of the event. -Dad...
Ten-Tastic  Tips for Playing WILD

Ten-Tastic Tips for Playing WILD

Ten-Tastic Tips for playing wild You should try and play one aquatic (water) and one terrestrial (land) environment card in your ecosystem. If you have all four environments in your hand and you have to choose which one to discard then I would discard the lakes and ponds card. The first of two strategies we know of between players in this game is how you stack your discarded cards. The second of these two strategies is to focus on the rare cards. There are few large animal and apex cards in the deck, so you should try to play as many of those cards as possible. The human card is the most flexible. Use it to fill in the gap of a food chain and replace it with an appropriate card when you draw one. Then use it to fill in the gap of another food chain… repeat until you fill all the numbers. Hold onto the Grandpa Strohm card until you have most of your numbers. Then use him to find a number that’s hard to get. Don’t forget about him though. You should check over your cards many times during the game because different cards represent multiple numbers. Many times, these cards can be rearranged to help you win. You should spread your plants out as evenly as possible to ensure your animals have a wide variety of environments to live in. If you’re new to our game, then you should start by playing our Education Edition to learn the basic rules and game-play. Even though my sister and I tried to make this game realistic, there are still...
Fields and Meadows

Fields and Meadows

The fields and meadows card has different pictures of fields and meadows. Three have a picture of a field in the winter. And two have a picture of a field in the summer. The strohmstead can be used for any of the four environments including fields and meadows. The wild card can also be any environment. Where I live we have lots of fields and meadows. Our neighbor has a farm with a lot of fields. My dad took a picture of crows in the field. My sister took a picture a deer in a...