“Firefighters – The Unsung Heroes” is a cooperative family game. In cooperative games all players play together against the game, unlike in the competitive games where players play against each other.
“Firefighters – The Unsung Heroes” is an immersive board game giving players the thrills and the experience of the life of a firefighter. Besides the fun it is designed to teach the players fire prevention and procedures in case of fire. At the same time, our goal is to give them the enthusiasm and respect for the firefighting profession.
There is an arsonist in our little town. We have to catch the villain while saving the villagers and their property from the fires.
Players play together against the arsonist (it is a game the concept, not a player). This is a cooperative game, very popular in the last years – players don’t compete against each other, but work together to reach the common goal. Each player is the leader of a team of firefighters with different strengths. They have to make a plan and work together to tackle all goals of the game – rescue the people, extinguish the fires and gather the evidence to capture the arsonist.
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A few captures of the game, so you can get the idea of its richness and simplicity. Also, see the basic firefighting concepts incorporated in easily understandable rules.
Meet the people behind the game.
Professional product developer and project manager. He has more than 20 published tabletop products, among them nine for the Talking Tom franchise. He was lecturing Techniques of Creativity for the Media Production Management program at Middlesex University, London.
Ales Jug holds Ph. D. from Faculty of maritime studies and transport, Slovenia (2011). He went on to earn a master’s degree in fire protection engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He thought courses in fire dynamics, disaster management, risk assessment etc. at Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology (University of Ljubljana) and at Slovenian firefighting academy. He is current chairman of Fire prevention commission at CTIF (International association of fire and rescue service) and president of fire prevention commission at Firefighters association of Slovenia. Dr. Jug is certified fire fighter and senior fire officer. He served as a chairman of Fire protection technical committee at Slovenian institute for standardization. Dr. Jug has supervised and participated in several national and international research projects, supported mainly by European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. He is also a technical expert in European Civil protection team. He presented papers at many research conferences worldwide. He is also author and co-author of two scientific monograph publications. While teaching courses at University of Ljubljana, he supervised more than hundred diploma works.
Dr. Ales Jug is currently pursuing Ph.D. degree in Business administration with concentration on social entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He joined Becker College as an adjunct faculty in August 2016. Dr. Jug is a co-founder of Institute Be Safe, social enterprise. His current research focus on theoretical and practical applications of cross sector collaboration between social and regular enterprises and the importance of social enterprises within cross sector activities. He is also interested in sensemaking process and industrial and community risks analysis. Dr. Jug has published fire safety and risk analysis related papers in many edited collections and peer reviewed journals, his most recent papers are about social entrepreneurship and were published in several conference proceedings.
Gamer’s Christmas – Essen Spiel 2015 (world’s largest board game fair) – is over. We came, we presented and we conquered most of what we wanted. But first let us treat you with the interview with the Pandemic’s author Matt Leacock.
The road to Essen was a nightmare, it was raining the whole 1100 kilometers from Slovenia to North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and when we got there is was a cold and rainy autumn afternoon. Luckily we had three drivers to rotate at the wheel as the traffic conditions sucked the life force out of each of us. And tired as we were we still had to set up both of our booths – the main one in Hall 2 and the prototype booth at the Author’s area in Hall 7.
To be honest I did not get that much of the fair as was mostly occupied on our Author’s Booth in Hall 7. Thursday and Friday were somewhat slow in the terms of the visitors, so that was the only time I got to browse around a bit and check up this year’s Spiel des Jahres winners; the Colt Express and the Broom Service. Saturday was insanely crowded – to the point it was almost impossible to move even in the main corridors. And having people sit or lean in the hall gates did not help a bit … perhaps because that is not why they were meant for! But then on Sunday after lunch the fair started turning into a ghost town – something I do not remember from the last year.
This year we got many promising meetings in Essen Spiel 2015 with the publishers who were stopping at our boot more often than at any other table in the Author’s area and our main star was our new game, the “Pumpkings”. But also the “Fire Brigade” and the “Ranch” out of our new stock caught the eyes of the publishers from the four continents – from Brasil to China (and that is not across the Pacific)! We have sold our “Five Elements” to the largest online retailer in the USA – the CoolStuffInc.com, so I guess you will be able to get it there soon.
But our brightest moment was on Saturday when Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower came by with Jerry Sunkin of the CoolStuffInc and got him interested in our “Fire Brigade”. But other than that we were busy most of the time, specially due to what looks to be our next big title – the “Pumpkings”. It looks like the awesome artwork did the most of the job because people were just drawn to it – and that means the small and the big people.
And for the finales – not that I want to brag … but i will anyway – we made an interview with Matt Leacock, the author of Pandemic. The interview is published at the top of this post. Please note that the sound is far from perfect, but we have provided the captions (turn them on by clicking the CC button).
See more of the images of Essen Spiel 2015 on the Value Ad Games facebook page.
I wrote this everyday language translations for my beloved fiance, but i hope that also someone else can find it useful. If there are more expressions for a single word, they are separated by the divide sign “/”. I use (American) English as a base language.
Please note that Slovenian language has some special features like special alphabet characters, grammatical gender that changes suffix of the effected words; dual (grammatical number) and regular and regular and polite (eg. addressing older people or people of higher social status) form of sentence formation. All examples here are written for the regular form of the male gender.
Philippinos are the edge of religious fanatism … though i don’t know on which side :). As the only Christian nation in Asia they have developed strong Catholic identity and Chirstmas is the most important hollyday here. But for someone like me used of thitry + years of snow for Christmas something is just wrong here.
And that is not all – there are no pines or spruces in tropics, so there is no Xmas tree … they just hang lights on any tree available. And – Lord is great – there are no pathetic over-commercialized Santas on every corner. Only shop staff have santa caps.
Anyway Xmas starts here in September! In December everything slows down and at about 15th most things stop, governement office close and traffic runs even slower as usual because of decorators blocking roads and religious processions walking snail-speed on roads – including highways!
Philippinos mostly celebrate Christmas at home, but there are also parties with live bands and fireworks in the cities. Other than some kids throwing firecrackers i must say Christmas was over very quiet and with much less happening as i expected based on months of preparations … maybe they just got enough of it already ;).
First: Merry Christmas everyone.
Second: Sorry for being MIA for so long.
Third: This is the reason – i didn’t have internet access. Did i have no line? NO. Was it dead? NO. Did we suffer another blackout? NO. I could go this way much longer, but i don’t want to bother you with the obvious reasons for the unavailability of internet.
Two weeks ago (Tuesday) i moved to a new house. It had internet installed, but it didn’t work, so called the landlords and they checked it with the operator and found out the bill was not payed, so they payed it and internet should be working the next day (Thursday).
Of course it wasn’t. So i went to the operators office in the Cebu city (what takes about one hour in days before Christmas) on Friday and they told me i can’t claim service on that account because i need written permission of the legal owner (who is in Europe now). So all i can do is to open a new account with minimum 2 years contract. I wanted to tell them what they could do with such a contract, but i restrained myself and called the landlords again if they can do something about it. They called and since they are Philippinos they didn’t have any problem extending the contract and claiming service.
But internet still didn’t work, so i supposed there must be a technical problem. I went there again on Sunday and waited for 45 minutes to move three places in nine people queue and then decided to quit. I returned on Monday and waited over one hour in four people queue and then it took them another 20 minutes to record that my internet doesn’t work and to schedule a telephone intervention for the next day 10 to 12 am, because they believed i should configure my computer.
I waited entire Tuesday and Wednesdays mornig and noone called. So i went back to the office at 1 pm and was fairly aggravated by that time. Luckly i was second in the queue so i only waited about 20 minutes. I explained the problem and they checked in their computer (which took them about ten minutes and a trip to the back of the office) to find out that – noone called me! And they scheduled a new service call for 8am next morning.
I got up at 6am on Thursday, prepared everything and waited by the phone – i didn’t even go to the toiled not to miss their call. And then it was 8am. An – as you can expect – noone called. But phone rang at about 9:10am and in a quarter of an hour they figoured out that i don’t thave power adapter for the antena! And to get one i would need:
And they refused to tell me the computer settings so i could test it as i get the adapter. Anyway i knew i wont get any letter from the accout owner so i called the landlords again. They said to go and fix the problem and on Friday they texted me that they got the adapter and will bring it over – but as i had to go to town i set the meeting at the mall in Cebu City. And what did they have? An ordinary internet cable! (I was realy angry at this time.) So we went back to the office and waited again. And as we were about to come to srevice the doorman gets some teenagers and moves then to the counter telling the: “You can go here”. Wait minute! why does he give us queue numbers if he then moves people over the line! Afther a week of dealing with this morons i just had about enough of it and told him aloud what i think of him, his attitude and his useless company and then went to the lady that sold cable for power adapter to the landlords. She said that she knows what is power adaptor, but she couldn’t give it to them without mentioned documents so she sold them the cable! (Doesn’t that tell a lot about people?!)
I didn’t even want to deal with them anymore so i told the landlords to just cancel the account and we go to another internet provider. And then the lady said: “Oh, but if you cancel that account (obviously we didn’t need a letter of agreement from the account owner for canceling the account!!!), you can open a new one and we will install new antena and bring the adapter.” I rather don’t comment on this one, because i don’t want to embarrass you. So we canceled the existing account, opened a new one and asked if technitians could only bring new power adapter as all other equipment was already there (of course they said: “NO”) and told us their crew will come in 3 to 5 days to install new internet antena and that tey will call us before.
I treated the landlords with a lunch for their trouble which took us about and hour, and as we finished telephone rang and there were internet technicians waiting in front of the house to install inernet antena! They obviuosly dispatched them right away afther we signed for a new contract and i was still one hour away in the city.
I was affraid they will just leave and it will take another week or more to come back again. Luckily for me Philippinos don’t mind doing nothing so they waited there. And being much more practical then their company they just pluged in the adapter and setup the comp and i had my internet access. (Halellujah!) I wander what happened to that extra antena though :).
I deliberatedly didn’t write the name of the company, because i don’t think that any other is much better, so i would just give you false hope that all will be good if you go somewhere else …
And this is a commercial company! Think about doing admistrative documentation …
Philippines are relatively near to the equator. Therefore night and day last about 12 hours each all year round. Here in Cebu it starts to dawn at about five in the morning and dusk enters the game at five in the evenening. Transitions last one hour.
7am Morning is for me the best part of the day – it is warm yet fresh and almost always sunny and breezy. Plus not so crouded as most people here don’t like to get up early – bad part of it is that not much can be done as everything starts at 9 am here.
9am The sun is already strong (too hot for intensive work or exercise), roads are clogged. Shops and offices open. Take a bottle of water with you.
12am Awoid going out or at least exposing yourself if possible. Everything – roads, buildings, vehicles radiate heat … not to mention the sun :). Offices close for lounch break until 1pm. Min 2 liters of water if you go out.
5am Temperature outside is berable again, but inside houses are hell-hot. Aircon or at least a strong fan and opened window to blow out the heat is necessery. Offices close.
9am Temperature is benign, night life time. Shops close.
12pm Regular night activities stop, general clubs and bars close. Stil there is a lot of late night life activities.
During daytime you are safe everywhere, police and security is omnipresent. Up until 8 pm it is stil safe to walk the streets, but afther that hour it is adwised to take a ride everywhere unles on public places.
I didn’t have any bad experience here, or was even slightly threatened. But it takes only one desperate person in a thousandt to get in trouble. Anayway worst to be affraid of is to get robbed, life is not threatened. That is unless you go to no-go areas; always consult locals about safety and availability of fresh water on your way to avoid dehydration (i drink 5 liters of water per day here).
Never use an outside ATM at night, there is where robbers pray on their victims. I only raise cash in inside bank ATMs at large malls. Also i was warrned about pickpockets on ferry terminals.
When one comes to the foreign country and wants to taste local cousine, almost everything sounds unknown to them. On another continent one can’t even help themselves with ingreedients, because they sound as allien to our ear as the name of the dish itself.
So i got me a nice restaurant and asked a nice girl (named Anne) there to explain me the foods. And as we stopped at tinunuang nangka she said jackfruit. OK, i know jackfruit – first word i recognised, so i tried the dish.
As i was served it didn’t look much apetizing – it is a pinkish mash with grated long white pieces of unripe jackfruit and a few red papper rings halves in it, later i also dicsovered slices of onions and ginger and im sure there was also garlic for Philippinos put it in every food. Ingreedients are cooked in coconut milk. But the taste was uneuropean intersting and not unpleasant, yet not unforgetable. Tinunuang nangka is a light dish, sweet and mildly spicey and makes a good side dish i belive – anyway as it is served in a large quantity i didnt orded anything but rice to it.
Try if you feel experimental about food. Price (tinunuang nangka only): P70 (€ 1,4 / $1,8)
Today is a sort of a national hollyday in Philippines. Philippino Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, one of the worlds best boxers, named fighter of the decade for 2000s and long time holder of the best pound-per-pound boxer and Mexican Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez are fighting for the title right as i am writing this post.
Fight ended in round 6 by knock-out for Marquez. Sad day for Philippines i suppose.
I finaly got me Bangus, the Milkfish (wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milkfish) in traditional restaurant. While this fish are notoriousy bony; more than other food-fish, deboned bangus is mostly sold nowdays. Though milkfish aquaculture has more than 800 years of history it is still mosty based on natural spawning and feeding. This is an ancient fish growing up to 1,7 meters and are important source of food in SE Asia.
Anyway – i had my bangus grilled (can also be fried, panned, smoked, or dried); here i got it opened and flattened, seasoned with tamari sauce. They serve it with grated unripe papaya, and i tasted pickled ginger with it.
Bangus has a mild sweet-ish taste and tender meet. Sour taste of papaya completes it perfectly and pickled ginger is there for undertone delight.
It’s a must try. Price: P140 (€2,8 / $3,5)