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 launching this new game. You know them as an excellent prepper medicine resource via DoomAndBloom.net and The Survival Medicine Handbook. 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.
At the time of our chat, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy were a little under the weather, 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!
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
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
It’s About to Launch, But…
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
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. 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? Leave a comment below and have your say.