Some twenty-one years ago (June 1995), I created a word card game called Rhymes & ‘Nyms. In 2010 I got my first “smart” phone and like others enjoyed the fun of online games. It then seemed logical to explore that venue for my game, and in 2012 an online version of the game launched. It has been a fun and challenging journey to watch the game grow and know that so many players from literally all over the world have downloaded and played the game. Now in 2016, it is with mixed feelings I am taking the game off line. While sometimes ego can get in the way of business decisions, I have determined this is the right decision. The online game market is very competitive, and it is difficult to stand out from the thousands of games. In addition, managing an online game as complex as Rhymes & ‘Nyms is a daunting task. But many associates, friends, and family have helped along the way. I am very grateful and appreciative of their help. But I guess at age 21 it is time to let my baby go! I make one last dying breath request. If there are developers, institutions or backers out there who have an interest in continuation of the game in some form, I would be open to a conversation. Any comments or inquiries may be directed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you all! Joan Berry.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE AN “A” MAKES
On Valentine’s Day many years ago, my teenaged daughter received several envelopes from admirers. One she was especially eager to open. The outer cover was beautiful with hearts, flowers, ribbons, and lace. She smiled as she read the printed message. Then her expression changed. The card was signed with the suitor’s name and a handwritten note that read: “You are so sweat.” He had made an easy spelling mistake. For my daughter, this error raised unintended emotions and thoughts and took away from the the true feelings this young man meant to convey. So lovers beware, put in some practice spelling time playing Rhymes & ‘Nyms and for all written messages, use spell check to ensure you make the right impression. Happy Valentine’s Day.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
With the dawn of a new year, many of us make resolutions. Usually we make promises to improve or change ourselves – lose weight, exercise, be more patient and kind, learn a new skill, and on and on. Most of us “fall off the wagon” so to speak in a very short time. Scientific studies tell us it takes about 30 days to form a new habit which means the first month of the new year is critical to accomplishing any changes. Here is an idea for improving communication and comprehension skills in 2015. Play a Rhymes & ‘Nyms “solo” game every day for one month. Play with intention, with courage, and with resolve. Take time to check out each starter and play word using the in-game dictionary or other dictionary and thesaurus sources to fully explore all the word’s meanings and nuances. Enjoy and HAPPY NEW YEAR.