Doom and Bloom Survival! – A Board Game That’s a Winner for Preppers

On April 1,2014, I wrote a post you can see here about the Doom and Bloom Survival! board game. It’s a winner for preppers.

I knew I had to get the full story and have the game’s creators on DestinySurvival Radio. And that’s who my guests were for this week’s show.

It might come as a surprise to many that Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., (aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy) are the ones who launched this new game.

You know them as an excellent prepper medicine resource via But they’re also long time gamers who love to play a variety of board games. They saw a need for a game designed by real preppers about survival that didn’t involve zombies or other weird creatures. Thus, Doom and Bloom Survival!

This game is a fun and challenging way to introduce prepping to others. Of course, you’ll have fun playing it with other preppers, too. At the time we recorded our conversation, they were doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds to bring this new game to the public at large.

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy were a little under the weather at the time of our chat, and they had just gotten back from a whirlwind weekend of conferences. But you’ll hear that their excitement about the Doom and Bloom Survival! board game is contageous. Once I opened our conversation, they took off running.

It’s About Survival!

Imagine you’re one of a few survivors after a pandemic. It’s not an unlikely scenario. Your goal is to get from your home town, Center City, to a new, secure settlement. Unfortunately, Center City and a number of other places have been taken over by raiders. To get where you’re going, you’ll need to scout out various locations and collect resources, such as food, fuel, weapons, and medical supplies and gather other community members.

During the game you’ll have to practice planning and implement strategies to help you reach your goal. You’ll have to manage your resources carefully. Bartering is part of the game as well. Penalties and rewards keep things interesting, too. Bonus cards can be real game changers.

As you listen to Joe and Amy enthusiastically describe the game, you may get a little overwhelmed because it seems complicated. They assured me that if children aged 9 and 10 can catch on, then you and I can, too.

The game is different every time you play it. You may choose to play a short, medium length or longer version. Also, there isn’t a set route like in most board games. Plus, you can choose to be a character with a specific profession or skill set.

It’s About People

Many of us have family members and friends who just don’t get what prepping is about. Playing Doom and Bloom Survival! introduces the subject in a way that’s not frightening, intimidating or preachy. If you’re looking for a way to get your family involved in something that’s fun and entertaining, yet educational, this is it. In fact, you could play it at your next prepper gathering.

One of the goals in creating this game is to foster social interaction. Thus, it wasn’t created as a video game or app. Furthermore, Amy observed that players reveal interesting aspects of their personalities while playing. So it’s a way to get to know one another.

It’s About Quality

To borrow from an old ad slogan, the quality goes in before the game goes on. Joe and Amy had been working on this project since early the previous year. The game has been tested thoroughly. And they’ve worked with professional artists to make it colorful and appealing.

It’s About the Launch

Doom and Bloom Survival! wasn’t available at the time we did our interview. To make it widely available to the public, a certain number of games had to be manufactured. Thus, the Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to do just that. Incentives and rewards were put into place for donors at various levels.

At the time we visited, the campaign was almost at the half way point. It’s evident there has been real interest in seeing this game project go forward.

It’s About Time to Find Out More

As always, I invite you to listen to my whole conversation with Joe and Amy Alton when you hear DestinySurvival Radio for April 17, 2014. (Right click to download.) An easy way to get more info about this family friendly game is to go to

Since our chat first aired, I’ve had the chance to play the game. It’s fun, but does require concentration the first time you play it. But how can you lose if you get others into thinking about preparedness and survival?

Is this a game you’ll play with your family and friends? Or do you believe playing a survival board game is like fiddling while Rome burns?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.