The most recent email from The Chaparralian had a link to this fun resource: Fire and Fauna - an educational game for ages twelve and up.
They are building a game that will be fun and is designed to share and promote an understanding and an appreciation of nature.
The site says, "...the game plays like a cross between Pokémon and Settlers of Catan. It's a casual, resource-management game, where the goal is to build healthy and beautiful landscapes."
I had no idea what either of those terms really meant - I vaguely remember my nephew going through a Pokémon phase....but what is "Settlers of Catan"?
Enlightenment comes from Google: "Picture yourself in the era of discoveries: after a long voyage of great deprivation, your ships have finally reached the coast of an uncharted island. Its name shall be Catan! But you are not the only discoverer. Other fearless seafarers have also landed on the shores of Catan: the race to settle the island has begun!" So, it must be some sort of role-playing game.
Fine, I am looking forward to seeing Fire and Flora come to life.