Anthony Ortega – Production Coordinator for the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies

Anthony Ortega – Production Coordinator for the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies

Getting to know the people appearing on the EDGE of EXTINCTION Human cards. Anthony found the girls on Facebook and liked their page back in its infancy. He labels himself as a game designer, but he is truly an educational game guru. Athia and Maia were looking for more experience in game development a few years ago and Anthony found out about it and invited us down as guests to see the Harrisburg University of Science and Tech’s Game Development Studio. It was quite a fun time for us. The girls were invited to a lunch with some of the schools’ leadership and professors. They were asked questions about their games and their goals as a company. Then Anthony’s students learned to play EDGE of EXTINCTION while the girls fielded questions. I think the coolest part for us what the invitation itself, but Maia and Athia said it was their Virtual Reality Simulator … They may be right. So without further ado, here is Anthony Ortega’s questions and answers. What is your full name and title? Anthony Ortega. Production Coordinator for the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies as well as Corporate Faculty for the Interactive Media Program, both for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Where do you work and reside? I work live and work in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. What is your educational background? I have a BFA in Illustration from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and an MET in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. What was your life like growing up? It’s kind of hard to encapsulate what I was like growing up without...
Donna Beer Stolz, Ph.D. – Associate professor of Cell Biology

Donna Beer Stolz, Ph.D. – Associate professor of Cell Biology

Getting to know the people appearing on the EDGE of EXTINCTION Human cards. If I remember correctly Donna wasn’t sure if she was interested when I initially asked, so I had to send in the big guns and asked Athia to hike a bit with her. After a few miles of chatting, she was on board. We are glad to have her in the game and along the trail. Donna has a knowledge of the natural world I find refreshing. We talk about many of the species we find along the trail when hiking. Below are a few questions we asked Donna along with her responses. What is your full name and title? Donna Beer Stolz, Ph.D., Associate professor of Cell Biology, Associate Director of the Center for Biologic Imaging Where do you work and reside? I work at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. I live in Glenshaw (Shaler), PA What is your educational background? I have a BS in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, both degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst What was your life like growing up? I grew up in rural north central Massachusetts, close to the New Hampshire border but about 1 hr away from Boston. Our property bordered on a dairy farm. My sister and I would spend a lot of time outdoors every season, playing outside in the streams, ponds, with the cows, my friends horses, playing hide and seek in the hayloft at the dairy farm, riding our bikes to our grandmother’s house, about 2 miles away. I loved to collect insects with my dad. I also liked to sew. In the winter we...
Dale Luthringer – Environmental Education Specialist

Dale Luthringer – Environmental Education Specialist

Getting to know the people appearing on the EDGE of EXTINCTION Human cards. We first met Dale while visiting Cook Forest State Park. The girls had finished their first game, WILD: North East North America, and we were looking for educators who would include it in their teaching materials. Dale accepted a couple games and reviewed it with us so he knew how to play the game. Six different schools tested the WILD game that year and their feedback indicated a desire for more cards or expansion packs. We connected with several people to make that happen including Dale. In our “Nature Bites Back” expansion pack, Dale was the wild card. A year or so later, I caught him between events and shared with him the girls’ second game, EDGE of EXTINCTION: The Educational Trading Card Game. He accepted a few starter decks and took a minute to look over the Allegheny National Forest Starter Deck. After a few minutes of talking, he agreed to be a part of the game, and sent me a photo of himself next to one of Cook Forest’s largest trees. The girls got busy coming up with ideas for his Human card later that day. We had a card that would take out the human cards one-by-one (Man-Eater card) but we didn’t know how to remove that card once it was played… So Dale, being a park ranger as well as an educator, became the face of the “Ranger” card. We asked Dale a few questions about who he is and what he does. Here are his responses. What is your full name and...
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...
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...

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...