“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.