The Unpredictability of People and What You Can Do About It

People are unpredictable.  Sometimes, they zig when you think they are going to zag.  Knowing how to read people AND situations is an important part to anyone’s preparedness.  This is true if you’re just going to the store or you think there is a potential for a future where people won’t be too friendly.  Spending a little time working through scenarios and situations is a great way to start problem solving what you might want to do to help keep yourself or your family safe if the need arises.

About 15 years ago, I started playing online games.  I started with MOHAA (Medal of Honor: Allied Assault).  MOHAA was a great game.  It was a first person shooter game where you could use different kinds of rifles to shoot bad guys.  Single player was pretty boring and it didn’t hold my attention too long.  The real fun was when I started going online and playing against other people….real people, not bots or against the computer.  Playing against others brought on a different dimension to the game.  Yeah, noobs did the predictable thing, but experienced players were a challenge.  Sometimes so much that you yelled at your computer and cursed the HACKERS! (sorry…flashback….)

I soon hooked up with others online.  We regularly played together.  We chatted using Xfire and teamed up against others. I played with some of these guys for years…Aftershock, DesertFox, Sgt. Barns…to name a few.  We moved from MOHAA to CounterStrike Source, Call of Duty 4 and eventually played Left for Dead and Left for Dead 2.  We still keep in touch on Facebook.

The point is, the more someone played, the better they got.  They learned tricks and tips.  And if they weren’t a glutton for punishment, they would learn from their mistakes and do better next time.  This is the same idea behind scenario based training.

I don’t play online games anymore, I just don’t have time.  But there are games, low-tech, available that can help preppers problem solve through scenarios and think about what they would do in a given situation….

Conflicted – One of my favorites right now is Conflicted.  Basically, a deck of cards has “End of the World” type scenarios on each card.  Someone in a group draws a card, reads it out loud and answers how they would respond.  There are so many variations to playing it.  But the thing is that it gets people thinking about how they would respond.  It also allows you to see how people in your group might respond.

Recently, the brains behind Conflicted came out with another deck.  They are very reasonably priced at $14.95.  Purchase Here.  Think guys night out, family night, camp out or use the cards as an ice breaker… 😉  If you would like to read my review on Conflicted, click here.

Doom & Bloom Survival – Two of my most favorite people in preparedness have created a game.  Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy of Doom & Bloom have created Doom & Bloom Survival and are currently getting it funded through Kickstarter.

This game is a board game.  It has characters and challenges and items you need to stockpile.  Each time you play, the game is different.  Again, your reaction and decisions will be crucial to winning the game.


The thing I like about Kickstarter is that you get to support an endeavor and also get something in return.  I have backed the Doom and Bloom Survival Game and can’t wait to get my board game.  To get more info. about this game, watch the video above and visit the Kickstarter site – Click Here.

Conclusion -Games will never take the place of the real thing.  But rehearsing through “what-if’s” is very powerful.  In my post, Mental Rehearsal, I quote Dr. Williams where he states that mental rehearsal is a great way to enhance and build upon skill development.  So build your skills AND use play time to reinforce them. 😉

Do you play in survival based games?

p.s.  The video below is from the MOHAA days. 😉




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Todd Sepulveda

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