[Tweeters] birding board games

Alan Roedell alanroedell at gmail.com
Sun Dec 12 19:14:08 PST 2021

Just a note: I believe the Yotta games were created by our local hero,
Dennis Paulson.
Just sayin,
Alan Roedell, Seattle

On Sun, Dec 12, 2021, 4:26 PM Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Dear Tweeters,


> In the 1990's, a friend showed me a game called "Yotta." The name of the

> game is a play on words, as in "You ought to." As I recall, there were

> various versions of the game, and one was "Yotta Know Waterfowl." I played

> it a few times with mixed groups of adults and kids. I was the only birder

> in the group, so I used to give myself a handicap--I would have to come up

> with the scientific name of the bird, not just the English one. After

> playing the game a few times, young kids would know how to tell a Pintail

> from a Canada Goose, which is a good thing.


> I don't think the Yotta games ever caught on, and I don't think they are

> sold any more. The Wingspan game sounds complicated, which would make me

> avoid playing it. The beauty of Yotta was similar to that of Memory. A

> small child can play Memory, as can an adult. In the case of Memory, I

> always noticed that a young kid who did not yet know how to read seemed to

> have a bit of an advantage somehow, as if that kid's brain had not yet been

> clogged up with cerebral artifices.


> Yours truly,


> Gary Bletsch

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