October 05, 2017 – Game Developer Jackie Dobranski has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fundraise for her new educational board game, Brixiplesâ„¢, the first of its kind in educational gaming. The colorful game uses 200 unique question cards to spark discussion about tough topics such as bullying, peer pressure, discrimination, cheating, inclusivity, inappropriate touch, gun safety, internet safety and more, all in a safe and fun environment. The cards are based on the Global Institute for Ethicsâ€™ five core values: honesty, compassion, respect, responsibility, and fairness, as well as top safety issues of our time.
“Brixiples is a terrific game to help children practice ethical and safe decision making… A perfect way to provide opportunities to discuss difficult subjects in a developmentally appropriate and engaging way,” said Debbie Gibbs, Head of Lowell School, Washington, D.C.
Dobranski consulted with educators, counselors, diversity specialists, and parents. She play-tested Brixiplesâ„¢ with kids of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and they loved it! Through role-playing, silly antics, inventing long apologies, and sharing personal experiences, children engage in thoughtful discussion and laughter. Brixiplesâ„¢ empowers kids to smartly handle unsafe situations and ethical dilemmas. They learn how to stand up for their peers, make character-based decisions, show respect for those with disabilities and speech problems, and empathize with those who are different from themselves. â€œChildren crave a safe environment to discuss these often confusing and controversial issues, and Brixiplesâ„¢ fills that gap. Parents love it because they get the opportunity to hear how their children respond. Itâ€™s a springboard for further discussion,â€ said Dobranski.
Once the campaign is funded, Dobranski will collaborate with educators to create a version for high school age kids. Brixiplesâ„¢ can be played at home, school, ethical societies, religious organizations, camps, and more. Brixiplesâ„¢ is for two to four players plus one adult guide.
Contributors can back the campaign with or without buying games, and can get updates and exclusive sneak peeks at cards. You can help bring Brixiplesâ„¢ to children by backing the Kickstarter campaign at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1455808858/brixiplestm-the-ethics-safety-common-sense-and-cou?ref=user_menu
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Jackie Dobranski Bio:
A veterinarian, mom, and animal and child advocate, Jackie Dobranski created Brixiplesâ„¢ out of concern for the ethical breaches she sees happening in the world. After graduating from Cornell University with a B.S. in Communications in 1992 and the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, she completed an internship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Humane Rescue Alliance, and has volunteered at the Smithsonian National Zoo. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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