It has been a while since we’ve last posted on The Mineral Maniacs. We’ve had quite a busy summer, but we’ve still been working on the books (Jules is almost finished with book #2!!) and expanding the brand. In fact we’ve come up with another idea to pitch for Move Mining 2019, a board game themed after the Mineral Maniacs!! We’ve developed a prototype for a board game, called Mine Dash. In the game, players will learn the importance of mining in their lives, as well as highlight several mines around the world by matching the elements produced from those mines to the technologies that rely on those elements.
Mine Dash is a Candyland-style race to the finish, but with objective points scored for matching mined resources to the technologies that require them. The intended audience for the game is schools and families, and should be suitable for grade-school-aged kids 6+. The target age range for Mine Dash is the same as The Mineral Maniacs books of roughly 8-12 years old or 3rd-5th grade. We are focusing on this age group because it is the primary levels that kids learn about the Rock Cycle and the use of scarce resources in many school curriculums.
Board games, however, reach all ages. It remains one of the few activities that are truly inter-generational. We’ve got more ideas for other board game designs with mining themes targeting broader age groups, if this first concept proves to be successful.
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE GO TO THE MOVE MINING CONTEST PAGE AND VOTE FOR US TO GO TO MOVE MINING 2019!
Here’s the link: http://movemining.org/#competitors
And because we love the pitch video so much, here it is:
Here’s a prototype view of the game board: