Message Stones is a new, universal game with a broad spectrum of possible applications both in the training and coaching context and in the family and friends settings. It was inspired by observations focused primarily on motivation: how it emerges and what factors determine its direction and retention.
The game’s author, Magdalena Szczepańska, is a psychologist with 15 years of experience in business, including market research, where the essential task of researchers is to gain insight into the motivation behind customers’ behaviours. With time, she took to ceramics. In the beginning, it was a form of escaping from the urbanite lifestyle and the pressure of a stressful life. Later, working with clay evolved into a tool for her therapeutic work. This fusion led to the idea of a game designed to help shake off mental stereotypes, but in a non-invasive and natural way, and to head out exploring own desires.
The formula of the game
The essential part are hand-made, pleasant to touch, ceramic stones with words engraved. The words come in different colours and reflect various emotional states or actions, both positive and negative in nature. All words have been carefully selected based on the knowledge of psychology and work experience in diverse discussion groups unveiling the true needs and motivation driving different actions and various choices. The stones with words are complemented by photo cards images which reflect emotions and thus provide an important stimulus for associations that activate the imagination and trigger creative thinking.
What makes this game so unique is that all stones are ceramic and thus exceptionally nice to touch; they are and will be a handmade creation so that they will carry the positive energy of their creator, her touch and her way of thinking.
How it works
Message Stones is a game designed for individual use, i.e. in a one-on-one setting, or for group use during training sessions or workshops
The Message Stones Game includes:
• Facilitator’s Manual.
• Set of 48 stones in 4 colours engraved with the following words:
- red: create, fight, joy, go, energy, love, power, growth, feel
- green: chance, excuse, search, yield, beginning, believe, hope, wait, possible, explore, try
- blue: trust, aspiration, relax, change, take, forgive, unity, balance, peace, harmony, friendship, forget, remember
- black: stagnation, escape, anger, regret, weakness, hatred, anxiety, destruction, sadness, force, emptiness, chaos, slump, apathy, pain
Two stones are left blank for you to add any words that are important to participants but missing from the proposed pool.