As the world started going into lockdown in February, I had this realisation that business was going to have to change. Day by day, my clients were postponing workshops and I was getting calls saying that budgets were being frozen.
After some self-pity and frustration, I decided to stop denying that change was coming and to start dealing with it. After thinking of all my options including should I get a job, I decided to leverage my current skill set and quickly pivot my offerings to more one-on-one coaching services.
My flatmate Denise and I sat down one night over a bottle of wine to brainstorm what we could do on the side to support Covid19.
We listed over a dozen ideas and as I had just finished making my first card challenge 30 Day Fearless, we leveraged my skills and psychology background to build a hilarious card game Bye Bye Virus Game to keep you safe, sane and virus free.
Why start Bye Bye Virus Game
We found the high level of misinformation frustrating, from goji berries being able to prevent covid to scam videos stemming from pseudo specialists.
Science says that more than half of our body is not human, it’s microscopic colonists which include bacteria. Disease and viruses are part of our lives.
Viruses will always be part of our lives and we wanted to help people reframe and relook at them, to learn how to be safe in a hilarious way with your friends and family.
How did we start Bye Bye Virus Game
We started researching how to develop a card game. It started with developing the prototype version and testing it through game nights before we went into lockdown.
The first versions were terrible. Obviously, we didn’t expect that making a game was hard, but it was.
We knew that to roll this game out, we needed to leverage our network. That’s why I was on over a hundred calls with friends who were educational designers, PR experts, designers, of which many were IE alumni.
Thank you to everyone who supported us because we could not have done it without you.
How to support
If you like games, then buy a game and support our kickstarter as we aim to raise $50,000 this month.
Buy one for you, your family or donate one to an at risk family. 12% of all profits will go towards covid related activities.
If you are a company or foundation and would like to:
- Buy in bulk for your team or
- Sponsor a school or community
Do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Home-grown virus-themed card game Bye Bye Virus seeks to entertain and educate