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Some of you may have heard about this game, some of you may not. When I first heard about Conflicted the game I though the same thing most people do, it looked like a great game for the kids but I’m an adult, I might play it on holidays, but that’s it. But is Conflicted a game, or is the game Conflicted a learning tool?
The truth is this is more than just a game, this could be a valuable learning tool for preppers and survivalists to not only test their knowledge, but to get some idea about how your family or friends will react during a crisis. It could honestly give you a better idea about who you might and might not want by your side in a SHTF scenario.
Our humanity and morality come into play more than I ever though while playing this game, It is easy to maintain our morality now because there is structure and support when we face difficult situations, but what if you had to choose saving the life of one person over another, how would you make that choice in a post collapse situation?
Here is an example of one of the questions from Conflicted the game…
Two women from outside your group were caught trying to steal your supplies. They told you they were mothers with children and they needed the food. Your supplies will run out in a matter of days, you have nothing you could spare without harming your group. A supply run would almost certainly cost lives. If you set the woman free you risk them trying again and maybe using deadly force. If you keep them prisoners their children will most likely die. How would you handle the situation and why?
All of the questions in the game are like this, there is really no correct answer, but this is what makes it so interesting. Questions like these force us to open up our minds and really think about what we would do if a situation arose where there was no one correct action, only the action that gives you the best possibility of survival.
The reason this is more than just a game and could be a valuable learning tool is because you can think about different situations that you may never have thought about and how far someone is willing to go in a disaster situation.
The creator of the game J.D. Dutra of Conflictedthegame.com Says it like this “This social behavior game was designed to show you the areas you need to improve in order to survive the collapse of modern civilization. The goal of the game is to see how far someone is willing to go in order to survive, without losing what makes us all human.
Not Just a Game, It’s a Training Tool
Southernprepper1 also states in this video how he uses this with his group as a training tool and a way to find out someone’s morals, and who you should or should not share critical information with.
Another great thing about this game is getting your family and friends on board with what we are all doing. Most people don’t even think about situations like these, and this game could be a gateway to opening them up to the idea that everything is not all sunshine and roses.
Most children are apprehensive to say the least when it comes to prepping, their field of experience is school and having fun, they don’t really care about the economy or water shortage.
Honestly they shouldn’t have to think about these things, they should be allowed to be children, and this game is a great way of opening them up to these possibility’s without scaring the bejesus out of them and possibly turning them off to the idea. You also begin to understand what their thought process is and open up a discussion that could not only benefit them, but you as well.
The rules are pretty simple, but if you are like us scoring becomes secondary to the discussion and debate of the questions. As you begin discussing these scenarios everyone begins to dig deeper into different possibilities and most of the time change or amend their original answer.
The game is best played with 3 to 12 players because the more people, the more room for debate and ideas.
Each person takes a turn drawing a card and asking the person next to them a question. Once the card is read the only person allowed to answer the question is the person being asked. Everyone else must remain silent because you want a true answer about what that person would do without outside influence.
After the person has answered the group will debate the answer and score that persons answer on a scale from 1 to 3. For us this brings up even more debate because it becomes about the group as a whole and less about the one original answer.
You can play as many rounds as you want, but keep in mind the debates could get long and one round could last a half hour. But honestly, this is the best part of the game, it opens everyone up to different possibilities.
Where and Why to Get Conflicted The Game
This game (training tool) is available here for $14.95 and comes in a protective hard plastic case and the cards themselves are high quality themselves making them good for camping trips and able to withstand everyday use.
I’m getting a few of these for Christmas as stocking stuffer’s not only for the kids, but as a gift for my brother as well…He is the best hunter in the family, and I need him to be ready!
One thing I learned about myself during this game was that I tend to over analyse things. Like me son put it in the middle of my rambling for 5 minutes “BANG your dead!” He might have just been trying to shut me up.
And one thing I learned about Lisa was that she might actually be the person that has the intestinal fortitude to make some of these tough decisions…especially when it comes to the children.
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