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A board game to teach Compassion and Care

5 January 2022 — by _Fabio_Guaricci

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We have seen previously how important it is to openly talk and teach about Sexual health to young generation with the help if IT KIT (enter link). Today, we are going to talk about THE PERIOD GAME, A board game to teach Compassion and Care and destigmatize the Period Education. This game teaches about menstruation in a fun, engaging way. Games are for 2-5 players and take approx. 20-30 minutes to play.

The period game started in 2014 as a college project by Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy at Rhode Island School. In the class of “Design and Play”, the goal was to make a game on Human Body. Their idea was to create a play experience through the game for the topic often uncomfortable to many. From Pads to Tampons to Menstrual cups. This award winning game helps you talk about it all without feeling any kind of awkwardness by making it super fun. It’s great for Schools, cool parents, friends to learn a little in the most entertaining way.

The main game board consists of major life changing pivots, the most important PUBERTY, a roughly four week BIOLOGICAL CYCLE, a PERIOD CYCLY, different PMS symptoms, and finally different types of PERIOD FLOW. The center most piece is inspired reproductive system i.e. – Ovaries, it drives the game play the same way it drives the biological clock in every female body.

There are total 24 marbles, 3 – Red, 8 – Clear and 1 – Purple in each side of the ovaries, that helps you move forward/ get your period / leak. There are 5 player pieces shaped like, Tampon, Pad, Menstrual cup, Super tampon and periods undies.

There are also 11 PMS cards that show different symptoms and also teach you how to handle your Pre Menstrual Syndromes. 4 types of period protections cards with Pads, Tampons, Super tampons and Menstrual cups. 4 wild cards with different types of super power you need to handle the periods and finally an educational booklet to give you more information about menstruating reproductive system.

The goal of the game is to finish the whole 4 week rough cycle and be the period master, on your way you learn about different changes, how to handle them, how to provide comfort, and understand it’s biological importance of each step and finally reach the master place in life as well.

Start the game by twisting the ovaries and get one colored marble and move on the board accordingly, to 4 types of places (Waiting, PMS, Periods, Ovulation) each place on those four stages show events in life that every girl goes through, what items to use in those situation, and how to calmly handle upcoming challenges. Fun learning experiences are made a board game to teach Compassion and Care and destigmatize the Period Education.

Edited by – Jesal Patel

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Unique board games based on rules of GRAVITY

19 November 2021 — by _Fabio_Guaricci

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Since years, board games have been an integral part in growing up of a child and it also brings fun times with family and friends. Sometimes along with fun they also provide a lot of knowledge to kids without even realizing it. In association with Syddansk Teknologisk Innovation, Gravity Board Games have developed and produced 6 unique board games based on rules of gravity.

These unique board games based on rules of Gravity – as the name suggests – they all have the concept of gravity as an integral part of the game concept and play value. The game has been designed over a see-saw device. Under the rules about “force times arm”, a piece that is close to the center line does not weigh the same as a piece that is far from the center line.

First game is Hungry Higgs (a balance must be struck between caution and greed), it is for age 7+ and requires 50% of strategy. You win the game by getting most possible weight placed on your half of the playing field by only ONE movable piece on board that moves around and tries to capture the prey pieces. For movement the dice has been used.

Second game is Gaining Gravity (its best of five), it is for age 8+ and requires 60% of strategy. You win the game by getting most possible weight placed on your half by moving only TWO pieces on the board that moves and captures the prey pieces by using two dice.

Third game is Dangerous Dip (get through the field quickly or collect more prey pieces), it is for age 9+ and requires 70% of strategy. You win this game by getting most possible weight on your side of the game board by THREE movable pieces on the board trying to capture the game prey pieces and get through the board and one piece reaches the other end with the help of two dice.

Forth game is Gravity Gammon (Backgammon with new direction), it is for age 10+ and requires 80% strategy. You win this game by gathering most possible weight on your end of the board by playing with 15 pieces and move them and try to get through the field as quickly as possible.

Fifth game is Gravity Chess (moving weight on other side or getting king to the centre line), it is for the age 11+ and requires 100% strategy. You win this game by moving most possible weight on the opponent’s end of the board with 16 movable pieces and bringing the king to the center line to capture your opponent’s king.

Sixth and last game is Changing Challenges (play pieces shifting functions and adapting strategies), it is for the age 12+ and requires 100% strategy. You win this game by shifting most of the weight to the other side of the board with 14 movable pieces that has function similar to chess pieces which keeps on changing as you move forward on the board.

With Gravity, a new dimension has been added to the board games that are stimulating and educational. All six board games can be won if you are best at moving weight from one half of the playing flied to the other, but they can also be won in other and more traditional ways. These games are easy to learn but difficult to master, and you quickly discover that you will get better and better the more games you play.

Edited by – Jesal Patel