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e-Factor!® is a role-playing game that provides a fun, creative way to practice solving ethics dilemmas without losing your shirt!
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About e-Factor!®

"You visit one of your teammates at their desk and discover them working on a flyer for their annual church bazaar.  There is a stack of printed flyers sitting on the desk.  Is this an ethical problem?  Why or why not?  Your team decides whether you should earn or lose 2 PEPs for your answer."

Ever been in a situation like this one?  What did you do about it?  e-Factor!® is a role-playing educational board game that puts you into dilemmas like this, and with the help of teammates offers a chance to talk about them, laugh about them, and ultimately figure out what to do about them.  You form a team of 4-6 people, choose a character, like Ms Gossipmonger here,

and work your way through a series of six milestones on the quest for "Most Ethical" status.  How do you earn "Most Ethical" status?  By earning as many Personal Effectiveness Points (PEPs) as you can.

There are 10 characters and more than a hundred different ethical scenarios.  Each character and scenario is based on real experiences.  They mimic people and dilemmas we've all encountered in our work lives. Who doesn't know a brownnoser or a gossipy person?  How do you understand them or ever get to work efficiently with them? 

Here's another scenario example.  How do you think Mr. Brownnose would answer this? And how would his answer be different from yours?

"Big Boss calls you to say how happy she is with your team's performance.  She instructs you to take everyone out for a nice dinner.  You decide to take everyone to Chez Henri's the most expensive restaurant in town.  Is this an abuse of power or a positive reward?  Receive 3 PEPs for explaining your character's viewpoint."

The game uses scenarios like the one above to help you work more effectively with the characters you see every day.  e-Factor!®  is easy to play and each game has unique experiences depending on the characters and scenarios you choose.  Plan for lots of laughs as you debate how you would respond to each scenario and how many points (PEPs) to award (or deduct from) your friends for their ethical antics.

How your pledge will be used...

I've spent a lot of my own time and money to create the board game version.  I got the name trademarked and the content is copyrighted.  We've been playing the board game since 2007.  Now people are asking me for an electronic version.  The electronic version is started and looks just like the board game version, but it needs additional computer programming and features that the board game version does not have. Since I don't have the artistic or technology skills to do this myself, I need to hire a game programmer.  Through Kickstarter, and with your help, I hope to finish the electronic version of e-Factor!®  and launch it before the end of 2011.

Your generous donation will enable me to finish bringing the electronic version of e-Factor!® into the world and pay for the following:

  • Computer game programming
  • Printing of a small quantity of board games for Kickstarter rewards and demo's
  • Kickstarter and Amazon finance fees

Any funds in addition to my request will go towards additional versions of the game, including a children's version with kid friendly ethical dilemmas and characters.

How in the world...?

I'm a CPA, not an artist.  Early in life I was told creative accountants were either dead or in jail.  So how in the world did I end up creating a game??  I got fed up with all the unethical situations I saw brewing around me and decided to come up with a fun way of dealing with them!  Besides, my mom hooked me on video games to be her "partner in crime" a long, long time ago.  I love playing computer and video games, and one day the idea hit me that a game just might be the answer to my own dilemmas in dealing with unethical people!

A note on shipping costs -

If you order a board game -

Shipping to US customers is included.

Shipping to Canadian customers - please add $20

Shipping to customers in other countries - please add $40

Please note, you may have to pay for taxes or import duties if you live outside the US.  I am not responsible for these costs. 

Thank you!

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    A Digital Thank you from me and Supporter credits in both the electronic and board version of the game.

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    The above plus your own ethics scenario to be included in the board version of the game. You'll get full credit for the scenario on the card. (You can use an alias if you prefer, and I'll help you write the scenario as well!)

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    The above with a twist - instead of just ten scenario cards you'll get the full 24-card deck from one milestone of your choice - Teamwork, Trust, Honesty, Integrity, Accountability or Leadership.

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    The above plus one free electronic game play with me, you and 4 of your friends. A game lasts from one to four hours.

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