Conflicted: The Survival Card Game

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.

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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.

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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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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.  I did not realize until now that the price for the Kindle version was only $2.99.  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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  1. With the power grid down, it will be worst than the great depression. Even then, they had electricity to listen to the radio. The whole family would gather around the radio each evening after dark to listen to the serials. They had the news and knew what was going on in the world. This is very important to keep your sanity.
    I believe the zombies will all be dead within a years and the only people that you will be weary of will be the warlords.

  2. I live in a very small town (pop. 300). I’d like to think that after the initial shock wore off we’d come together and made it work. There’s still a lot of Yankee ingenuity here and living in the boondocks helps makes unfairly self sufficient.

  3. I also live in a small town with one entrance and one exit. It would be pretty easy to barricade. I envision the volunteer fire department getting that started and then someone with a knack for organizing will schedule people for watch shifts. BTW I read all three A. American novels. Super informative.

  4. I believe that there would be chaos and looting in the streets. People as a whole would panic due the drastic change. In desperation people are known to attack and lash out at people that have what they want. I believe it would take several months before people are able to work together again.

  5. Thanks for introducing these cards, I hadn’t heard of them. Would love to have them and thanks for the give away!!
    I have a group of family and friends and access to about 200 acres. Hopefully in a grid down situation we can all work together to survive!

  6. In our community, there would be a few who would be somewhat prepared, and others who would be clueless. We have 4 seasons here (not uncommon for a few days of single digits or below each winter, and a few days of 90+ each summer), so everyone depends upon heat in the winter, and most depend upon AC in the summer. I don’t like to think too much about what could happen, but our household is working toward being prepared.

  7. We move often; so with each move we try to evaluate our circumstances, community and neighbors pretty quickly. The community we are in now is smallish (~2000 pop.) and I think initially the neighbors would watch out for each other and pull together. Unfortunately we are quite close to a much larger city that has easy highway access. We are “out in the country” and often hear others say that this is where they would head. This influx to our community may be one of our biggest challenges. It would be foolhardy to think that everyone would be nice and play fair. My motto: Be watchful, be wise, be well certainly would apply during such a time as this.

  8. Living in a very small village, I think it would be chaos among the younger generation and the rest of the small community would come together put their asses in check and help one another with each doing for another with what they do best.

  9. I live in the country, but close to a main road between two states and about 15 miles from the nearest twon. I think it would be days before we would see anyone besides our immediate neighbors.

  10. Living on the outskirts’ of a large city, and near a major military base, I think initially people would be ok, confused but ok. Then as time passed without power more trouble would start brewing and the military would be brought in. Camps would be filled with the unprepared.Those who I know that are prepared will network and stay under the radar. We have our plans and will put them in action.

  11. I am in the same boat as Valerie, my immediate neighbors would just hunker down and ride it out for quite a while, but it’s hard to say how long it would take for the nearest dumbfounded townfolk to stumble their way this far out.

  12. The card game sounds like something I would introduce to our immediate family to use as a resource for possible scenarios.
    Would have lots of interesting discussion I’m sure.

  13. I believe there will be mass panic, looting, fighting, shootings, and general terror. After the initial panic. There will be starvation and disease in all the cities. People have lost the knowledge of growing their own food. They will have to be taught again. Martial law will probably be in effect. Curfews and rations. the people who live on farms or in the country and have gardens in place already have a much better chance of survival.

  14. My family and I have been having weekly discussion/meetings on prepping and this card game would be a great thing to include!

  15. I live about 8 miles from a very small town. I don’t really know anyone there. I imagine that it would be bad. Society would be chaos. We couldn’t trust anyone, but I don’t anyway.

  16. Our prepper group meets weekly and discusses one of the scenarios and cards. I find it very interesting how people think they would react but when faced with reality, act totally different.
    I have some close friends who have 40 acres and are preparing to care for their parents (elderly)and myself and perhaps one other party.
    I hope I do not have to find out how they will react but hope I am prepared for whatever happens and these cards are very thought provoking.

  17. i live in a college town so expect majority of kids would try to get home to their families. There are also a lot of seniors so expect a significant portion would not survive long without necessary medicine/medical treatment. That leaves the rest of us to cope with the situation. Our local govt is on the liberal side (right now) so I expect them to flounder about trying to make sense of what to do (and when the feds would get here 🙁

    I think that given enough time, our community could develop realistic leadership and become more self-sufficient in growing food etc, but the in-between time would be a chaotic and very dangerous transition.

  18. I believe there would be initial chaos followed by much death as a result of no food and water and general panic. After a month there would be more death as those on medication ran out of meds. I’m not confident help would be available for many months or more so we would be very much back to the start of this country.

  19. I think there would be total chaos. People are so “hooked” on their technology (i.e. cell phones) they would not know how to function without it. While some would be prepared, the majority wouldn’t have a clue about existing without the basics of heating, refrigeration, plumbing and medical needs. I would envision looting and death. We will not see the better side of things/people for quite some time.

  20. I think there would be chaos when people realize that the power is off for good. People will be stealing to get food & whatever else they desire. I think people will just be out for #1. Maybe friends will help out friends but I think you have to be very careful who you help because there will be a big line for help! The government will not give the kind of help we need & want so stay away from them. I think it is best to just hunker down & stay off the radar.

    Thank you very much for this giveaway!

  21. I think my local community would suffer horribly. We have a lot of agriculture that is dependent on irrigation. Without the power to pump the water to the fields, we would be back in the desert. I think there would be a lot of denial in the beginning, but within weeks the areas would be a disaster. Especially, this time of year, when there’s not way to heat people’s homes without the electricity running. There are just too few fireplaces for this climate. Which, may I add, is one of the “must haves” on my list to get and install.

  22. Things would definitely be more ‘primitive’, but some communities, like my own, might fare better since we are by geography, fairly isolated to begin with. We are used to ‘making do’ and some homes here don’t have electricity or indoor plumbing. Solar is also very popular, as are wood stoves. We might do ok.

  23. what would happen ??? Most of the people in our area will panic and cause whole scale destruction and looting those that may have prepared and LOOK like they has stuff, if the power wasn’t restored right away. I went to the store before Christmas last year and there were long lines of people grabbing anything they could due to a large storm heading our way. Right before Christmas it hit, a huge ice storm, and about 90% of the people in the city lost power for almost three weeks But what got me is the people in line before that. they had loaded their carts with a lot of frozen prepared food,IMO junk food, and if you happened to accidently cut in line Man the nastiness of those waiting in line was terrible.It seemed like they were already panicing and had to get their stuff before anyone else. We are looking into a combination of wind turbine (disguised as a flag pole) and solar shingles. I fear panels on the roof will make us a target, good grief I sound paranoid don’t I? But seeing what happened last Christmas gave me an example of what may happen and I worry about that.

  24. My city is too large to-do well in a years-long grid down scenario. There would be rampant looting and large areas of lawlessness with a corresponding rapidly increasing death toll. I believe that there would also develop many areas where growing groups would unite to combine their skills and resources and begin making efforts within their powers to try and rebuild some sense of normalcy again.

  25. Locally would survive, we live in a town that was long before electricity… As for the rest there will be unrest & looting until total collapse…M… (EVIL ZJ)

  26. I believe it would be complete chaos in the beginning. I hope it would work out eventually to where most would work together. Then again, I am an optimist.

  27. I live in a fairly tight and close-knit community where most of the citizens are more than willing to help others in need. I believe that if the grid went down, there would be a little chaos and looting at first, but I’d like to think that the city would, within a few weeks time come together and work and help each other survive and to rebuild society.

  28. I think that there would be a lot of initial confusion and people not knowing what to do. After things started becoming apparent, I hope that people would begin to work together, but I am not certain that that would be the case. Hopefully, knowledgeable leaders would come forth and help get people organized.

  29. I live in a very small rural community. Most of us know each other and/or are related in some way. Electricity didn’t reach here till FDR and still isn’t reliable. Cell phones don’t work here and even compasses are sometimes wonky. Most of us are used to being without power at one time or another so if the grid went down, well, we’ll just be sitting in the dark pooping in an outhouse like our forebears. Most of us burn wood for back up heating and cooking in the harsh winters here, and we put up enough food grown in our gardens and hunted or fished ourselves in Fall to bring us through the winter. Those who live here year round know each other and each one’s strengths. Outsiders (city people) are not especially welcome. If the grid went down, I think we’d be ok.

  30. Some parts of the local community would do well as there’s a large Amish and farming community. The main stream community might not fair as well. I’d imagine there would be a fair amount a violence after a few days and for several weeks after the initial power outage. The extent of the possible violence would be dependent as to the time of year the outage occurred. If the outage happened in the spring or summer, food would be plentiful, if in the winter it would be a different story. Let’s pray we never experience such an event.

  31. you know something…for a lot of us it’s not our survival that we are wondering about because we had become old…it’s our loved ones and friends that we are concerned about.

  32. My ruralesque town has some big wind turbines and large solar fields that we would tap into at first, until power could be distributed better

  33. I live in a small (but not tiny) town. I believe portions of neighborhoods would draw together to work out survival. Without electricity, there would be some BIG changes in our lives. The lack of electricity takes away every convenience that we have grown accustomed to.

  34. I think most people will do nothing while they wait for the Government to ‘fix things’. They will assume it is a temporary event. At the beginning, emergency broadcasts would be made assuring folks that ‘everything is under control and they are working to get power back on as soon as possible’. By the time people realize that power is not going to be restored heat or cold may have killed many – depending on the time of year. People may have driven around for a few days looking for survival gear but will run out of gas quickly and apathy will set in due to lack of food. They will starve to death sitting waiting for help to arrive.

  35. Society will fall apart. Very few people will survive and those who do will be so separated from each other that supporting each other will be hard. The only survival situation I see as workable falls back to the early and middle ages based on small farming villages.

  36. Living in a rural area most people here are accustomed to extended power outages. But, not years long outages! However, I think most would be able to adapt with few problems. I’m sure there would be some that would freak out and want to know when “they” were going to fix the electricity, but most would just continue living like they do in the shorter outages.

  37. I don;t have much faith in the preparedness of the people around me. Currently I have some beginning preps for cooking and lighting but not enough. I really have no idea what my future would be in this specific scenario. I have disabilities and I take care of someone else with disabilities, too.

  38. Most of the people where I live would just freak out at first but after they calmed down we would probably go back to growing and trading items and food, like the old times.

  39. I think the question you used as an example is too vague. We live our lives one minute at a time. No one can wrap their minds around “The power will never come back”. Long before they realize that, they will be dealing with one problem at a time starting with “The water and sewage pumps don’t work. What should we do about it?”

  40. I would like to think our area would make do. I suspect that everyone with solar and wind power would feel pressured altho they would otherwise have it made. Without power everything changes. Where do you buy food, gas, communication would be out.

  41. Massive panic and chaos! Our lights went out for just 24 hrs, a local grocery store manager of a large chain bought all the water and put it in the back for himself, then put it bk nxt day when electricity restored! Most people dont have more than few days worth of food. I live in suburbs, wish I lived in the country, but at least dont have to worry much abt weather. I live in Southern Cali, I think im freez’n when the house us 63 inside:) Ill do fine with blankets, my concern is the gangs, thugs, and people who turn desperate and become something their not, at that point everyone will be dangerous thay havent prepared and they will band together! I dont know…I have room for small garden along side of my hse but not near enough to feed substantially, eventually the food stored runs out. Bottom line it will get real ugly real quick.

  42. “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?”

    I think my local community would do fairly well. Victory Gardens have come back to popularity here, and people are very willing to help others. However, I think society would change quite a bit. Suddenly, no microwaves, no airplanes, none of the things we’ve become so reliant on. People would have to learn to actually cook and to make things with their own hands.

  43. I am afraid it would get pretty ugly. Most people are not prepared and have no idea how to take care of themselves, and so they would be looking to what they could take from others. My town is large, but not too large, and I hope that there are people who could organize us, so that we could manage, but I fear those from neighboring big cities would head our way and we would have to fight them off.

  44. I think if the power grid is down there will be mass chaos. The city has no other way to communicate with citizens. People will be trying to find ways to get by and most will be woefully unprepared. That said, I like the idea of using a card game (fun) to teach people better ways to cope. No one wants to take the time to prepare but playing a game is a piece of cake. Nicely done.

  45. Make sure you have your 3 B’s and your family together, it might make it a little easier. Especially with all the chaos that will ensue. Hold fast and survive

  46. Make sure you have your 3 B’s and your family together, it might make it a little easier. Especially with all the chaos that will ensue. I pray my locals here would be okay, there are a lot of preppers around my area, as well as some questionables. Hold fast and survive

  47. This game would be very thought provoking. It is good to think about situations you have never faced and brainstorm what you would do. You might get some good ideas from others playing. Two heads are better than one.

  48. It would be total chaos in our small town. So many people here live in a fantasy world thinking that nothing bad can happen and if it does there are people that will assist them and get everyone back on their feet. It would be a very scary place to live.

  49. If the grid goes down we are heading to our BOL. Hopefully our vehicles still work! That will make things easier. Some in our community went without power for over a week after a derecho. We did not. Our power was back on within 24 hours. 🙂 everyone seemed to handle it very well though. Although we knew the power was, eventually, coming back on. So that probably helped. I think it would be a different scenario if that were not the case.

  50. I live in California. My back-up plan for water 1) go 1/2 mile the creek ( that is now all dried up ) 2nd go a mile and a half to a friends for some well water. ( her well went dry too) SOOOOOO my little town would fall apart! AS for my family, we are sunk if the power stays off for more than 2-3 weeks.

  51. Looks interesting. Hope it will be understandable to a newbie like me.

    PS: Does posting here satisfy that first requirement for a prize? Every time I click on the “leave a blog post comment” it says I already have even when I haven’t.

    1. Yes it does. The way it works is that you come leave your comment and then indicate your have done it. Or, indicate you have done it, then go do it.

      You would be surprised at the number of people so say they left a comment but did not. I always check when verifying the winner. Too many cheaters.

  52. I’m afraid the majority of people really do think our government is going to save us. What they don’t understand is that our government, and their BIG money puppet-masters, is the entity destroying us. I live in a cul-de-sac in a rural community. Half of us are preparing and the other half figure we’re going to take care of them, when the Skunks-Hit-The-Fan. Your normally friendly and helpful neighbors will be completely out of character in such hard times. So, just how helpful will we be, w/o jeopardizing the health and well-being of our own families? Will we be able to make the hard decisions? What will happen if the economists’ prediction of a 25 year depression actually occurs? Faith and family must come first!

  53. If the grid was to go down for a long period of time I think most of the community would freak out and not know what to do to sustain life. I think the world would be a scary place outside of person retreats. I believe you are going to want to keep a close group of family and friends to better your chances for survival.

  54. there are not very many people who would know what to do without electricity! fortunately we live by an amish community, so we could follow by example.

  55. While I live in a smallish village surrounded by farmland, we are too close for comfort to a major population center. Initially, our area would fare pretty well. However, once the ‘zombie’ hoards from the city get here, it’ll be a different story. Hopefully, before that happens, we’ll have realized our dream to get even further out.

  56. Once the thin veil of civility that is kept in place by our utility and distribution networks has been stripped away, it would probably look like armageddon within a very short time. We have all forgotten how to live without our myriad modern conveniences and would do well to begin learning how to live the way people did in this country a hundred years ago once again.

  57. I’m not sure my community would make it as a community. I think my rural street could work together. Thanks for the chance to win the game.

  58. I live very close to Chicago so a power outage lasting over a couple days would be a huge problem. Our neighborhood is pretty close and we are on well water so we have some basic needs covered but the problem would be from the surrounding communities that are on city water. Not sure how long we would last before we had to leave for family in less-populated areas.

  59. Years without power in the city I live in? No way would I stick around to find out how it’s handled. My city is high in crime while we have power, without power there’d be more murder, rapes, looting and so on.

  60. I think there would be utter chaos and I would likely be trapped in my Florida city of 110,000+, unless I could manage to ride my 1978 moped the 1300 miles north to get closer to my family. My eldest brother, who was a career Marine, is the most prepared person I know. If I could get to where he is, I would not only survive but would thrive. It really worries me, but I am trying to be as prepared as I can and hope to hang on here.

  61. I agree that those in a rural scenario (IE: small-town USA) will likely come together to make it work. Most of these communities have a “sense of community” and helping each other. I feel that the cities (both medium & large) will be havens for the predators whom prey upon those they look upon as weak. Sure, some persons (ergo: Doctors, nurses, and others in “service” jobs – utilities operators, etc) will be needed at first, however should these “services” no longer matter (as when supplies finally run out)- they too will no longer be “needed”! Once all of the resources of a “city” come to an end, the predators will spread to the “country” – to attempt the prey upon the country-folk. What they don’t understand is- like Hank Jr. (country-singer) says: “Country-boys WILL survive!” (Maybe he was clairvoyant?) It’ll be a battle, but those in rural areas know (via a lifetime of preparation & lifestyle)HOW to protect themselves & make what they need to get through such hardship! City-folk,…. get out! Prepare NOW for the inevitable. LEARN the basic skills you will need to feed, cloth & protect your loved-ones. I had the advantage of living in a medium-to-small city,… but spend my formative years on a friends farm. I am re-visiting these skills, and will soon have my ” bug-out location” fully functional. BUT, I also believe that in order to truly survive, mobility is going to be the key! I’ll have a total of 7 “locations” to hole-up,…. but not one of them will do the job indefinitely! Keep strong, improve yourself & learn the basics. May God Bless one and all,….

  62. I believe there would be very few prepared and utter chaos.
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  63. Without the electrical grid for several years, I believe that within the first year, at least 90% of the people in the country would be dead. Although some people in the community would probably work together, at least initially, after the inevitability of an extended period without electricity became apparent, many of those who were cooperating would become like the individuals who, from the start, preyed upon those who were more prepared. Things will be very grim for most individuals.

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