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The Goal Quest GamesTM are a series of tabletop games being created by Janet Mott-Snider, and her sister, Marcia Burrows.
Janet is a CPSS (Certified Peer Support Specialist) living and working in Michigan. The individuals she serves are on Medicaid and have mental health diagnoses as well as addiction issues.
Marcia, The Logical Woman, is a professional game designer living and working in Florida.
While serving as Community Teaching Assistant for the online class in Game Design presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, edX 11.126x in May 2016,
Marcia wondered if there were elements of Janet's challenging work that could be enhanced with a custom game.
So, Janet enrolled in the class to study the course materials about game design.
And together they started brainstorming, theorizing and dreaming of games for recovery.
One of Janet's important functions is to use her specialized training to encourage individuals to set personal recovery goals.
She has helped people set goals using a multi-page form.
We wished to gamify that process so that it would be more engaging. After all, the point of playing a game is FUN!
Our games help overcome reluctance in approaching the life-enhancing yet challenging activity of goal setting.
Just as people have different learning styles, there are various methods to approach setting goals.
An individual could read a book about goals, listen to a lecture about goals, watch a video, fill out a form, write in a journal, talk with a Peer Support Specialist, to name a few.
We now present an additional method: Games about goal setting!
Our first game, Strengths and TroublesTM The Wellness Board Game, was published in in April of 2017. Players discover their strengths to prepare for goal setting. Our second,
Goal HeroTMTurn a Wish into a Goal, came out in October, 2019.
This Role-Playing Game of exploration and adventure allows players to discover what it takes to set a personal goal!
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