Mexico City Faces Pollution Emergency

When I started this blog, I did not expect to have really bad news to share nearly every day!

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Should have known, I guess.

Another major city is killing residents – and the planet – because people need to drive places. As the article states, “a Phase 1 Emergency was raised by the local officials for the first time in 11 years”.

The grand plan? Keep cars from driving in the city one day a week.

But, for the rest of the week? Just hold your breath! Where’s the problem? It seems we’re not really learning our lessons as much as merely delaying disaster!

At the end of this article it’s stated “The solution… is to eliminate sulfur from gasoline, provide cleaner taxis and microbuses…”. These are just band-aids on a burn victim!

The REAL solution is The BarclayMotive. Zero emissions. Zero transfer of emissions [as there is with electric cars – there is no emission from the car, just from the power plant]. And, once ready to market, able to drive every day of the week!

What can you do to get us there quicker? [As in, before all cities need a similar (albeit too minor to do much good) ban?] Simple. Subscribe to this blog and get your friends to do the same. The more readers should equal the more supporters [financial and social] when it comes time to fund raise. And that time is coming soon.

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Of Course, There’s Always This Alternative

Shouts the headline – “7 million Americans at risk of man-made earthquakes, USGS says”.

Hmmm, pink haze on the horizon or earthquakes in your backyard?? Tough choice. And all this misery to keep an industry afloat and profitable. What’s next? A return to whaling??

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Time to stop all the madness and move on to something better for the world at large. The BarclayMotive will need to raise about $80 – $100k in initial funding; less than a garage makeover for some folks out there. Start talking to those you know and before we all know it, word will spread and someone will find themselves in that moment [like above] – faced with $80,000 worth of new trees for the back pool area OR start SAVING THE PLANET!

Tough choice, huh Mr. Murray?

What happened to The People?

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Lincoln’s words ring through the decades, carrying the same gravity now as when he said them at Gettysburg in 1863 – “…government of the people, by the people, for the people

Watching the 2016 U.S. Presidential race – with equally high levels of interest and disgust – I cannot help but think we have swerved FAR from the course Lincoln spoke of. So far, in fact, that most people have no say whatsoever in our government. In this day and age your vote DOES NOT COUNT!

I only need to bring up two issues [among dozens!] to serve as perfect examples of my point:

Superdelegates – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superdelegate

“Super delegates don’t “represent people”” – and their vote counts far more than yours or mine.

and

SuperPACs – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SuperPAC

“may engage in unlimited political spending”

At a bare minimum, just the existence of these two serve to keep your vote from counting equally to other votes – if your vote gets counted at all. [Paste this into your search engine of choice – votes go uncounted]

The numbers don’t lie.

And to many eyes these two issues [and the rest] make the entire process seem rigged. Is there any wonder why voters don’t vote?

There is a better way.

We live in the Age of the Internet. Why not act like it? Here’s how we should elect our next President:

  • Open the field – to EVERYONE who is legally eligible. Charge each a flat fee.
  • Let these candidates state their positions [on a variety of topics of concern] online.
  • Eligible voters read these positions and place a preliminary vote. Ever take an online poll? Pretty quick and easy, right? And results are nearly instantaneous. Same here.

After this first round only the top 10 remain. These 10 then debate selected topics, on air and/or online. Again, voters vote. Then only 5 remain. And so on until 1 remains and that is our President.

Simple and straightforward. And what would it accomplish? Let’s see:

  1. Your vote counts!
  2. No outside money controls the election process! [Jeb Bush probably wished this had already been the case –http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/03/jeb-bush-loaned-his-campaign-250k-last-month.html
  1. America gets a government of the people, by the people, for the people!!!
  2. We get to live [proudly] in the democracy [not the oligarchy – see link below] America is supposed to not only stand for but actually be.

 

The America most of us were brought up expecting to live in.

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/21/americas-oligarchy-not-democracy-or-republic-unive/

Do we really want to be the next dinosaurs?

Are we already past the point of no return?

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News [here, here, and here] is out about how we are making the planet less habitable than it was when the dinos were wiped out. The soundbite versions are:

“We are now exceeding by an order of magnitude the rate of carbon release during one of the most remarkable global warming events in Earth’s history.”

“One of the biggest implications of the study’s findings is that the impacts of modern-day climate change on the seas and land will be more severe than what was seen during the PETM. [Thermal Maximum]”

“In contrast to the one billion tons of carbon released every year during the PETM, humans are now releasing 10 billion tons per year, meaning resulting climate changes could be more extreme than those during the Cenozoic era.”

How much longer can we follow this path? And really, just for the sake of profit for a tiny handful of people! It’s time to get the word out that there is an alternative – The BarclayMotive – and with it we can all put the brakes on the next “Thermal Maximum”. As mentioned in a previous post, one way to make The BarclayMotive a reality is to support Alien Crash Site when it hits kickstarter. Another way is to spread the word of this blog, and the twitter and facebook feeds. There is always the possibility of finding a backer with enough capital to get The BarclayMotive up and running in one shot!

And then we can turn down that global thermostat.

Is This The Future We Want?

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For millions it already IS too late. What about the rest of us?

 

Air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people globally each year. See this article and this article if you don’t already know.

I’m so tired of ‘leaders’ arguing over whether or not it’s too late to halt – let alone reverse – climate change. You know what? IT’S ALREADY TOO LATE – for millions upon millions of people!!!! How much more late can we get?

For too many people this is just something that is happening far, far away. Well, I’ve got news for you – the area pictured above once only had the same pink/purple smudge I’m starting to see on just about every horizon in the U.S. And that wasn’t even 2 decades ago. That means, if you’re reading this and you’ve got another few good years left in you, chances are you’ll find yourself living in these exact same conditions in the future.

That what you want?

Me neither.

As mentioned in my 1st 2 posts, “a goodly portion of any net profits from all games I make [now and in the future] will go directly to erasing that poison from our skies.” The BarclayMotive is not ready – yet – for me to go around asking good people [like YOU] for support. I still have a lot of work to do to make it functional enough for the first full sized test bed. BUT – my 1st game, Alien Crash Site – IS. So it’s time to ask for your support. And I’ll start very small.

Just tell a few friends [real or virtual] about this blog and ask them to follow. Then follow me on twitter and facebook. We need to build a crowd so when ACS goes to crowdfunding this Spring/Summer there will be a CROWD for it. It’s an awesome game, so backers will get something they really enjoy WHILE HELPING TO KEEP THEIR OWN CITY FROM LOOKING LIKE THE PICTURE!!!

Not a bad trade, I’d say. Get a great game [at a discount], have hours and hours of fun with it, and save our planet at the same time.

Yeah, doesn’t suck.

 

Why I Love Alien Crash Site

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…guess they didn’t hate it

 

These are the most recent survey scores from play testers – and these are NOT atypical scores. The response to Alien Crash Site has been so overwhelmingly positive that when I see a 9 I immediately brainstorm ways to improve! A 9!!!!!

Surprisingly, even with scores such as these, there are many down days on this trip to ‘1st game birth’ – low [or no] turnout, 3rd party work is delayed [and delayed some more], mentors are few and far between [and even they have bad days! I know, right? Impossible – but true!], games that I know are really cruddy overfund on kickstarter [‘don’t waste your money on that turd, wait and back ACS!!!’]. When I get one of those days, and I maybe wonder if it’s all a waste of time, I just look at these scores and think of the reactions as people play the game and I am reminded why I love Alien Crash Site.

Simple, really. Because players love it. And players want it.

Once ACS is ‘a real thing’, I will be responsible for providing hours and hours of fun to people near and far. Hours of laughter, of fun tension, of team work, and of jubilation at a win! Friends saying, “Let’s play it again!” Families turning off devices and sitting together for live interaction and fun! Gamers actually making physical contact [it’s fun to watch a pair of gamers – who obviously NEVER touch others – do what is clearly their 1st ever high five. So tentative and self conscious; like a nervous, tiny puppy approaching a much bigger dog.] And ACS made that happen!

Multiplied by hundreds, thousands, or [my true goal] hundreds of thousands!!!!

And that, my friends, will be a super, awesome, amazing, exhilarating, and incredible feeling, to the 10th power!

So, I ask you, wanna share the love?

100 things I learned about…

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Okay, really 1 thing. Today anyway.

Co-op board games are enjoying a long yet rapid rise in popularity. There are 2 in depth articles here and here. The 2nd is by Matt Leacock, designer of Pandemic.

That is great news because – ta-dah! – ALIEN CRASH SITE is also a co-op game. Okay, one of the world’s best co-op games, but now I’m getting ahead of myself.

What are your favorite co-op games? How do they compare to your favorite competitive games? Do you find yourself more interested in co-ops than before? Do you specifically seek out co-ops when looking for a new game?

Hello? Is this thing on?

Recently, I’ve come across a few of these. Please tell me I am not the only one who sees the problem:

An article entitled “Feeling Sleepy? Blame It on Social Media” ends with a handy invitation to JUST MAKE IT WORSE –

“Download the Gadgets 360 app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with the latest tech news, product reviews, and exclusive deals on the popular mobiles.”

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http://gadgets.ndtv.com/social-networking/news/feeling-sleepy-blame-it-on-social-media-795125

Interaction first and foremost

 

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What do I recommend players look for in a great family board game? Take a guess!

1. Interaction!

The game doesn’t have to be quick [or take forever] but interaction between players should be as close to non-stop as possible.

This is a time to actually socialize! Face to face, not Cortana to Siri. There should be a lot of talking! And smiling and laughing – unless it’s an eerie game, then make that “a lot of big eyes and ‘you take the card, I don’t want the card’”.

A time to face the impossible and not have to worry about someone actually croaking or getting stuck in a temple for all eternity. And that’s a good thing.

2. There must be tension and release.

I need a 6, or, get me that blue card, or, no more giant scorpions please! Followed by, yay, I got it!

This cannot be constant [too much of anything becomes repetition and thereby boring] but it must be present. And when it’s present, it should be BIG!!! Game changing [literally] BIG!

3. Balance.

So that each player can enjoy the game equally. This is what I think is either the hardest part or the part where too many games simply fall short. How many times have you been in a game and thought/said, ‘You are so far ahead, let’s just quit now and call you the winner’?

No one wants to beat a dead horse…unless the game is called Beat a Dead Horse, I guess.

This aspect is especially lacking in many family games. It’s either for kids or it’s really for grown ups; not both. And it should be for both. Family game time with kids is an excellent way to build lasting bonds.

4. [last but not least – and this is why my 1st game is a co-op game] That moment where the game’s outcome is going to be decided on one final turn. Win or lose on this roll / draw/ reveal…. And when you do win, it’s a wonderful feeling. You have worked as a team and just won the championship! What family would not be better off with more doses of that feeling?

 

What about you? What do your favorite family [or any type, really] board games have that you think makes them better than the rest? What are your #1, 2 and 3 [or add #5, 6 and 7 to my list]?

Just The Facts, Ma’am

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What makes a good survey for a play test?

No really, I want to know. Here’s what I’m using for my 1st game, ALIEN CRASH SITE

First off, thanks for play testing our game. Your input can help us make a better game.

On a 1-10 scale [1 = low, 10 = high], how would you rate the game on:

Overall fun

Likeliness you would play it again

Likeliness you would buy it

Likeliness you would recommend it to a friend

Were the rules easy to understand and follow? If not, why not:

What would you add/change about the game?:

What are some of your favorite games?:

Further comments:

Thank you!

 

A single page. Short and sweet. Can be completed in a minute or two. Sometimes 15+; some players really have some great additions; so, rule #1, leave extra space!

What are your thoughts on it? What do you have testers fill out?