Tonight we have a special update about one of the lucky few who already has a copy of Stacket.
During OrcCon, we met many
folks and played many games of Stacket. We taught many people the game and got
to observe a great deal of fun and excitement as people played. What was very
interesting is the ways in which other people “taught” us things about our
game. One of those people was Olivia.
Olivia is a graduate student in psychology, right now, she works
with at-risk youth. Kids who are in a little trouble, but certainly not beyond
reaching. The thing is, reaching them presents a real challenge. Day to day, Olivia
explores ways to reach them. And here is where she taught us something -
she saw Stacket as a way to reach them. Stacket is a simple game, but very
challenging, and it rewards analysis and thinking ahead. It’s not chess, but in
the same way, you need to anticipate the advantages and consequences of your
The other thing Olivia
pointed out was the important of the quick engagement. If you don’t snag these
kids’ interest quickly, it might be very difficult to get it at all. And
Stacket is almost instantaneous, both in grasping what you need to do, and also
in the excitement of trying to accomplish it.
Olivia was excited to use Stacket with the
kids she works with. She was so certain of the usefulness of Stacket in her
work that she wanted to buy a copy from us right then and there with her own
money. As you folks know, the game won’t be manufactured for a while yet, and
the few prototypes we have aren’t things we sell (even though more than a few
of you have asked). So, what were we to do? The only thing we could do. We gave
her one of the prototypes and asked that she let us know how it went in her
Olivia is pretty
busy, but we got the first hint of a response from her today:
“Stacket has been really helpful in therapy. The kids I've
used it with have really enjoyed playing it with me and it has really helped
facilitate our communication. I look forward to using it with many more clients
to help them relax and open up!
Thank you, Olivia,
for helping us learn a little about our game!