(ScienceNews) Endangered is a cooperative game for one to five players. Each person takes on a role — zoologist, philanthropist, lobbyist, environmental lawyer or TV wildlife show host — and players work together to convince at least four ambassadors to save a species. If you get too few “yes” votes, or let habitat destruction spread too much, or if your animal population dies out, everyone loses. The game starts with a set of animals in their habitat, either tigers or sea otters, depending on which of the game’s two story lines you play. A third story line, giant pandas, is available in an expansion pack, and a Kickstarter that began this month is raising funds for additional animal packs.
(Entomological Society of America) The Governing Board of the ESA has voted to rename its student quiz bowl, previously known as the Linnaean Games, as the “Entomology Games.” In the past several years, the Governing Board has heard from an increasing number of members with concerns about ESA’s student games bearing Linnaeus’ name. The Entomology Games Committee will launch a call for designs for a new Games logo in the near future.
(Twitter, Dr. Manu Saunders @ManuSaunders) “This year’s #EarthDay theme is climate action, but the Google doodle is promoting misinformation about #pollinators! I sat through 22 ‘facts’ & 50% of them were specific to honey bees…just 1 species out of literally 1000s of pollinating animals on Earth”
(CNET) To mark this year’s Earth Day, Google partnered with The Honeybee Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting bees, to construct an interactive Doodle that features a bee going about its important business of pollinating flowers. You can use your mouse to guide the bee from flower to flower, getting pollination done and unlocking cool facts about bees and their importance to sustaining life on Earth.
(Science) Could you survive a year in the life of a queen bee? A new tabletop board game challenges players to do just that, providing a surprisingly educational experience along the way. Bee Lives: We Will Only Know Summer was designed by beekeeper and librarian Matthew Shoemaker and pointedly avoids cartoonish depictions of the beloved pollinators. Its earnest attempt to portray realistic hive dynamics will delight players as they attempt to weather the challenges faced by honey bee colonies season after season.
(Digital Trends) Fans of Minecraft have a new update to their gaming world: bees. Introducing the new mob should help millions of Minecraft players learn to understand and love what these little insects do for our planet.
(IGN) TBR Editor: Don’t get hung up on the author’s ignorance of bees. The game creator seems reasonably knowledgeable. And the game itself is… well… educational-ish?