of Enlightenment' has been developed by husband and wife team David
and Annette Martin. Annette is a Fine Artist and Karuna Reiki Master,
whilst David's background is in publishing.
idea for Gift of Enlightenment came to David very early one morning. He got up
immediately and with cards, scissors, paper and crayons, began to
make the board and game cards. By lunchtime on that very first day
a prototype was successfully being played.
really was a sudden and compelling flash of inspiration', says
David. 'In my mind's eye I could see the board, the cards and the
pieces, and I seemed to know intuitively how the game should be
played. When I began to make the game it was as if I was creating
something I had already played. It was really very strange, yet
Annette had no doubt that the game was a gift, the reaction of
friends who played the first prototype more than proof that
something very special had been created.
idea of giving the winning player a healing 'Gift' also came
quickly. Annette immediately set to work to write the 'Book of
Enlightenment' that accompanies the game, and despite having never
written a book before the words for the healing messages seemed to
come easily and naturally.
the first full prototype was ready David and Annette embarked on an
extensive program of play testing to check that Gift of
Enlightenment' worked well as a game, as well as a life healing
tool. The game was played extensively with both friends and
strangers, of all ages and with varied backgrounds and interests.
The response was fantastic. (See:
Testimonials for some of this feedback). During this process
the game play was tweaked until they were confident that the product
there on,' says Annette, 'we just seemed to find the right people
just when we needed them. In fact this has continued, something
that has reinforced our belief that Gift of Enlightenment is a very
special game indeed'
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