In this episode of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin sits down and talks with Danielle Reynolds from DMR Creative Group. Dustin and Danielle talk about her game Nut Stash. Nut Stash is a fast-paced, real-time game of rolling dice and matching sets. Push the limits of basic math skills by pairing simple addition with hand-eye coordination, and non-stop dice rolls. 2 to 6 players split into teams of Squirrels and Chipmunks to compete to find and store the most nuts before winter arrives. Listen in to see if this game has the potential for learning in your classroom or learning environment!
Back Nut Stash now!: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nutstash/nut-stash
Curbside on Tabletopia: https://tabletopia.com/games/curbside
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Danielle Reynolds 0:40
Danielle Reynolds is the founder and driving force behind DMR Creative Group. She has been playing and designing games since she was a little kid growing up in Flagstaff, AZ. Years of doodling ideas on cardboard, paper and napkins has prepared her for the creation of Nut Stash. Currently, Danielle works in Social Media, Marketing and Graphic Design. When not working she enjoys designing games, traveling, playing with her cats, reading comic books and watching TV/Movies. One day she hopes to turn her passion into a full-time career.
Framing the World through Play 1:10
Danielle shares one of her first experiences learning through games. She would play grocer or hotel receptionist growing up. From a very young age, children learn through play, and Danielle was no exception! Listen in to hear her share her story!
Camp Counselor and Learning- 2:40
Danielle shares her experience using a camp activity to break down social constructs. Kids in the camp received different numbers and placed them on their forehead. They were not allowed to look at the number or know what number they had. The rules of the game were to treat others based on their number or the picture on their card. The kids in the camp treated lower numbers worse than higher numbers and treated King’s and Queens like royalty. After some time, they stopped the activity and reflected on what the activity meant and how this can relate to real life examples of how children interact with and treat each other based on outside social influences like peer pressure.
Getting into Game Design- 5:10
Danielle grew up testing different puzzles for her father. This was one of the sparks that led her down an electric path of game design. She also had family friends who owned a lot of the non-mainstream board games. She first started designing games by using pieces from these games and modifying them.
She finally got back into game design about a year and a half ago through meeting her, then stranger, now friend at Comic-Con. This helped her to reignite that same spark she had for game design when she was little.
Nut Stash– 6:30
Nut Stash is on Kickstarter until July 4th, 2019!
Nut Stash is a fast-paced, real-time game of rolling dice and matching sets. Push the limits of basic math skills by pairing simple addition with hand-eye coordination, and non-stop dice rolls. 2 to 6 players split into teams of Squirrels and Chipmunks to compete to find and store the most nuts before winter arrives.
If you love woodland creatures, real-time games and easy to learn rules, Nut Stash is your game!
Danielle shares how she came up with the design for the game and she also talks about how a lot of people have really enjoyed the light, fast-action game of Nut Stash! Check out Unfiltered Game for an honest review and live stream!
Nut Stash for Learning- 10:49
Nut Stash is a great game for younger learners starting to learning addition and matching. The game requires you to match the dice roll with the card. You also can add cards to create bonuses.
The game is also very thematic by using authentic areas where nuts can be found in the real world. The predators, the hawk and the coyote, in the game are also used because of how Danielle wanted to apply an authentic theme to the game.
Curbside- an Upcoming Game!- 18:30
You and your fellow Taxi drivers are competing for fairs in Curbside, a strategic game of ride sharing. Compete with other players to pick up and drop off passengers phoned in by dispatch. Place tiles to create a pathway to passengers and their drop off destinations. Reroute your GPS when a path won’t get you there fast enough. But watch your gas meter! With every space your Taxi moves your gas goes down. The game is finished when all the passengers arrive at their destinations or a Taxi runs out of gas!
Games from the Episode
Throughout the episode, several games are mentioned. If any of these games sound like something you might enjoy playing yourself or in your class, you can help support our podcast by purchasing these games through our Amazon affiliate links. We will earn a small commission at no expense to you. Check out the games below: