Most of us have heard or seen the movie Alive! about the true story of the Uruguay rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes Mountains in 1972. Stranded for 72 days, survivors of the crash resorted to cannibalism of their dead teammates—some of them family members—for survival. After hearing the story or watching the movie for the first time, of course we all asked ourselves, “Could I do that? Could I eat another human being?” Pop culture has also helped Americans think about survival. Zombie movies and TV shows always depict an infected loved one. Characters torn between holding out for a cure and putting the infected out of their misery makes us wonder what we would do if faced with the situation. However, these sensationalized stories don’t get the majority of people talking or thinking about the hard-core questions. Questions such as, your once friendly and helpful neighbors are ill prepared and now you think they plan to rob you and your family, what will you do? Or, how will you handle the elderly, disabled or toddlers if your family has to bug-out? Many preppers worry about how to get their family, friends and neighbors involved in preparing for disasters and potential doomsday situations. Though I have personally never met a prepper who plans to be an island when the SHTF, those of us with plans also know those plans only include a select few. Our supplies can sustain for just so long.
Nearly desperate to help others help themselves; preppers discuss prepping with others. But how do you do that appropriately without seeming crazy or selfish? The zombie apocalypse discussion is tired, outdated and overplayed. None of my friends want to hear about that anymore. So, what else can you do? You can play Conflicted: The Survival Card Game.
Conflicted: The Survival Card Game is a thinking card game compromised of four separate decks of 52 cards each. An iPhone app is also available for $4.99. Each card has a different situation and question on it, prompting you and your group to discuss what you would do if faced with the problem.
The questions range from easy beginner questions such as, “Put the following resources in order of importance to you: food, water, shelter, weapons. If you could only pick three to bug out with what would they be and why?” to the really tough questions none of us find pleasant to have to think about.
Playing the game with others will:
- Ensure non-preppers think about the importance of readiness.
- Help you consider situations you hadn’t previously encountered.
- Help your survivalist or prepper group discuss how to handle tough issues before they arise.
- Extend your preparedness plan with your family.
- Provide ways to discuss and think through difficult situations.
- Make you focus on deciding when to pick survival over current morals.
- Get everyone on the same page.
- Find the loose cannons in your group.
I have read all 104 cards in decks 1 and 2 and let me tell you, some of the questions you will want to skip, because they are just too yucky to think about. However, those are the best ones. It isn’t going to be all wine and roses when TEOTWAWKI —best to get your head right now.
You can buy the game directly from the developer’s website for $14.99 a deck.
As a teaser, here is a question from the game. Share your answer in the comment section.
After hunting for game in the wilderness, two of your friends were bitten by the same kind of poisonous snake. You are the only one unharmed and with one vial of anti-venom antidote. Both of your friends have lost consciousness and they have their kids and wives waiting for their return, but you can save only one of them. A full dose of the antidote is needed in order to save a life, anything less would be just a waste. What criteria would you use to save one of them and why?