By: Cathy Hudson

When I came across this Ted Talk from gaming superstar, Jane McGonigal, I immediately felt a kindred spirit.  

When game designer, Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better.  She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter.

I am not a game designer.  I am a visual person with a B.S. in Fashion Design.  It may seem like an unlikely fit to be the Project Manager here at N-1 Games, but actually, working to teach health and wellness via games is perfect for someone like me who relishes in a passionate, whimsical, and visual world.  

About ten years ago, I began learning about a practice called the Enneagram*.  For those of you who know me, you know that I took to it like white on rice.  If you do not know me, well, I took to it like white on rice!  It helped me to have a deeper sense of myself and others.  

The practice of the Enneagram spilled right into my deepest being and exposed my depression.  This practice, along with the correct medical attention, a great teacher, and support from family and friends, has enabled me to recognize my depression as a gift.  And, at the risk of sounding dramatic, (I fixate on type 4**), it has saved my life many times over.  

Each day that I get to work with N-1 Games is a day of healing and abundance!

Jane McGonigal  found healing through gaming.  I believe I am finding it, too, right here at N-1 Games!



Cathy Hudson, Project Manger

N-1 Games

By Dorothy Hatic

Coming to press soon are the N-1 Chronicles.  They are the nine stories which were written about nine personality types, which we refer to as F.A.C.E. (Furthering Awareness of Character and Essence).  Aside from the obvious entertainment value of the stories, each chronicle features a fantasy character, representing one personality type. Each artistic caricature is metaphoric of personality type and is designed to enhance both storyline and personality characteristics.  The storyline offers scenarios in which the creatures evolve through the seven levels of consciousness (F.A.C.E.T.-Furthering Awareness of Consciousness, Experiencing Transformation) by a problem-solving technique called L.E.G.S. (Life Evolving Guidance System).  

F.A.C.E. represents each character at each level of consciousness.  If I thinks of myself, I can look back and see my life at the various levels.  For instance, Ramthor (F.A.C.E. Eight) at the Amethyst (purple level) is referred to as the Priest.  The worldview is that everything is animistic and magical.  Everything is alive, including the rocks, trees, and earth.  And everything has meaning.  Remember when our playtime was full of magic and wonderful intention, and we found that special book/story that spoke to us with so much belief in it that it paved the way for our understanding that, without that magic, life was a little too scary and perhaps impossible.  Our beliefs at that level were like a protective force between us and the forces of nature.  Ramthor is like that.  He is the priest, and the protector, of our tribe and our group.  Ramthor is one of those storybook characters to whom we looked up and from whom we expected deliverance from those demons/”nightmares” in our closets.  And like Ramthor, we grew to understand that the worldview changes as our experiences and level of consciousness provide us with more information and more knowing that our individual needs are somehow different.  

By the Turquoise level, Ramthor comes to the understanding that we are all one.  He sees himself as a part of the larger cosmos, which serves the individual and the whole as the same.  He realizes that all actions and non-actions impact all beings, and the entire cosmos.  It is a much higher understanding than the Amethyst understanding, but Ramthor understands, too, that he had to go through the Amethyst level to arrive at Turquoise.  At Turquoise level of consciousness, Ramthor lives with and accepts the paradox of all things.  But it is his journey, through all the levels, that delivers him to Turquoise, and therefore, illuminates for the reader the acceptance of all that is, including ourselves.  

At each F.A.C.E.T., we ask ourselves, “Who am I?”  It is a teaching moment in our chronicles.  It is a time to reflect upon where we’ve been, and where we’re going.  We have the opportunity (L.E.G.S.) to identify a new problem, envision what the possible solutions to that problem are, and to make a realistic assessment of which solution might be the best one for us.  Momentum then takes place, as we experience this part of our choice through the journey upon which we find ourselves moving, in the majestic flow of learning experientially the consequences.  And then!  We get to ask ourselves, “Well, how did that work for you?”  

Really!  How did that feel?  What did I learn?  Where am I now?  Who am I?  

Imagine, reading a story such as one of the N-1 Chronicles, and, with our character, celebrating with the award of a piece of gear to aid the character in his on-going journey to a new level of consciousness.  And think of your own rewards to good choices you make for yourself and your group, rendering you to a different place (figuratively speaking), where yet another challenge waits.  Yet the process is the same at each juncture.  Define the problem.  What are the possible options for solving it?  How do I go about doing that realistically?  Carry out my plan.  Now, how did that work out for me?  And then I celebrate for my stick-to-itiveness.   That is what our chronicles call L.E.G.S. (Life Evolving Guidance System).  It helps our characters live and grow and evolve through our seven levels of consciousness, or F.A.C.E.T. (Furthering Awareness of Consciousness, Experiencing Transformation).  

That is only the beginning of what you can learn from the N-1 Chronicles.  Following each character on his journey opens up a plethora of opportunities to see others, including ourselves, in images never before imagined, but which ironically, relate intimately to our own special virtues.  

by: Mary Barr Rhodes
Discernment is defined as the “ability to judge well. When your children are taught to discern with their bodies, their minds and their hearts, they learn that problem solving can come from a place of true essence. Through learning discernment, your children will be able to face and address more and more difficult decisions as they mature. 

  1. At an early age, discernment begins with the ability to categorize and organize. In the beginning it may be as simple as helping sort vegetables from the garden, or helping to put away the groceries. Children learn to discern through their personal experiences. 
  2. Teaching mindfulness is key to discernment. Guide your children to use all of their senses when they are exploring. In understanding the unique attributes, they begin to understand, appreciate, and to gain personal insight. Here are a few questions that you might ask:

    1. What shape is it?
    2. Does it have weight and take up space?
    3. What does it smell or taste like?
    4. Does it make sound?
    5. Where does it live?
    6. How big is it?
    7. What color is it?
    8. Is there a pattern or texture?
    9. Is there movement?
    10. Is it a living organism?

3. Foster curiosity in your children. In teaching discernment, parents guide the thinking of the child through real-life scenarios that require problem solving. In this process, your children realize that even as a parent, you still question life. In that understanding, your children are given permission and encouraged to question. Simple questioning can jumpstart your children’s own questioning. 

•  What do you think of this situation?

•  What are you feeling about this situation?

•  What are your senses telling you about this situation?

4. Wisdom comes through critical decision-making. Teaching children to quietly observe, to whole-heartedly dive into an experience, and then to have the ability to reflect upon that experience provides the platform for reasoning, communication, and serves as a guide to belief and action. Critical decision-making provides your children with the confidence to conceptualize, to apply, to analyze, to synthesize, and to evaluate. 

Ultimately, discernment gives your children the ability to make decisions consciously, instead of just following orders. In teaching discernment, a strong foundation will support your children as they step out into the larger world. Discernment allows them to trust themselves and others, and in that trust they will be able to better maneuver the dynamic nature of life.