When you read dystopian or post-apocalyptic fiction do you give some consideration to how you would react in a similar situation? I’ll tell you what. The more I read, the more I assimilate various survival strategies and begin to formulate my own survival game plan. This is all good and forces me to continue to read serious survival fiction as opposed to the latest John Grisham thriller.
The problem, as I see it, is that reading a book and thinking about strategies is a singular pastime. Unless you happen to know someone who has read the same book, it is difficult to toss ideas about.
Help is now on the way! A while back, CONFLICTED: The Survival Card Game hit the market as a tool to make us prepper-types think. It became so popular that additional decks were added to include decks based upon the works of popular novelists A. American and G. Michael Hopf.
I am very excited to introduce you to CONFLICTED, and with that, have five decks that are up for grabs in a giveaway to five lucky readers. More about that in a moment.
What Will You Get Out of Playing CONFLICTED?
Because you discuss survival philosophies with other players, you can covertly determine whether their philosophies are aligned with yours. Believe me, this even works with spouses and significant others.
In addition, as you work through the deck, you will encounter areas of preparedness you may not have though about. Some may be quite benign, such as bartering skills. Others, however, will be more tactical such has how you are going to block entry to your neighborhood in order to keep out thugs and looters when the SHFT.
I can guarantee you this: the discussions that ensue while playing CONFLICTED are going to open your eyes and will help you get to know the other players in ways you have not imagined. Who is a strong leader? Who is a faithful follower? And perhaps the most important question of all: can the others around the table be trusted when push comes to shove?
A Sample Scenario
My own CONFLICTED deck is the version based on A. American’s Survivalist Series. Here is one of the questions:
If the electrical grid were to go down for years, how do you think your local community would deal with it? What would society look like?
See what I mean? This goes way beyond cocktail conversation (not that having a beer on hand during the discussion would be a bad thing).
The Giveaway – 5 Winners
Here is the part you have been waiting for. There will be five winners, each receiving a set of CONFLICTED: The Survival Card Game. You know the drill. To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in this article. Please note that the winners must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
The Final Word
For years, community groups, churches, and businesses have used focus groups and task forces to brainstorm ideas. That, in a nut shell, is what will happen when you gather a few friends and play out the scenarios in any of of the CONFLICTED card games.
CONFLICTED is a great tool for formulating a SHTF survival strategy that has a buy-in among those closest to you. I encourage you to enter the giveaway to win a deck of your own.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Below you will find the items related to today’s article.
Conflicted: The Survival Card Game: Conflicted is a survival card game designed to make you think. Four different decks are currently available with more to come. Using these cards, you can do some role playing and actually open up discussion relative how you would act and react in a survival situation.
One Second After: For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. If you have not read this book, you really should.
Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse: Although this is a book of fiction, it is also serves as a survival manual of sorts. The depiction of society three years following a collapse is so very real that I could almost put myself in the same room as the members of the survival group that has banded together to protect each other as they live in a communal retreat. The section on a bartering market was hugely insightful and gave me some idea of how it might work in a real, SHTF situation. Considering when this was written, Patriots is eerily timely.
A. American Survivalist Series : This is the complete series from A. American. Great reading, especially when coupled with the CONFLICTED cards.
G. Michael Hopf : Likewise. You will enjoy the New World Series.
The Road: Even if you think it will never happen, you need to watch to this film, based upon Cormac McCarthy’s book, ‘The Road’. As I recall, the film is also available on Netflix streaming.
Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards: This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out. Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness kit.
Ticket To Ride: This my favorite board game, bar none. Family friendly, you will spend hours in front of the fireplace playing Ticket to Ride with your favorite people. This is worth the splurge.
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