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A Part Together Board Game

A Part Together is a board game that was created by Victorian-based artist and writer, Jenni Ivins.
The game is based on a map of Cardinia Shire to be printed and played with by families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The game was created using drawings submitted by the community pertaining to specific items within their COVID-19 lockdown environment, exploring themes of food, health, adaptability, comfort, nature, activity and community. 
This initiative was supported by a Cardinia Shire COVID-19 arts grant and the Star News Group.  
The A Part Together game was developed with the community in Cardinia Shire, which is on the traditional lands of the Bunurong/Boon Wurrumg and Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging. 
  • Pile the GO-TO cards in Bunyip State Park, with the GO-TO side down. 
  • Each player puts a marker on a town (one marker per town = social distancing) 
  • Turn over the GO-TO card pile. Take the top one, keeping the GO-TO side upwards. Do what it says. 
  • Count how many towns you go through to get there (if there is a marker already on the town you are sent to, stop at the town before it and don’t count it in your score) 
  • Take turns until everyone has collected seven cards. 
  • The person with the LOWEST score wins! 
After playing the board game, the aim is for each player to have cards from all seven categories. 
  • Use the picture side of the GO-TO cards (don’t show the other players) 
  • Ask the player on your left, “Are you okay?” They tell you what category they need. 
  • Make a swap ONLY if you have a spare card in that category. 
  • Deduct one point from your previous score if you give them the card they need in return for one they choose to give you. 
  • If you cannot help, they pick up a card from the GO-TO pule then choose one of theirs to place under the pile and no one’s score will change for that turn. 
  • Help each other to interpret the picture and see how they might fit into a category. 
  • When everyone has what they need, compare the scores.  
  • The person with the LOWEST score wins! 
Visual storytelling and creative writing is something that many of us love to have a go at, but when you've been doing it for as long as this lovely lady, you get pretty good at it. Let us tell you about the wonderful Jenni Ivins! 
Jenni has been a creative for over 50 years starting with her own independent experimentation from childhood, and she has 7 years of experience as a professional arts practitioner. Jenni is motivated by compulsion, curiosity and ideas, and is inspired to explore and resolve. 
As an artist, she mostly does intricate Mind Drawing which is defined as "a picture that can be read in more than one way, depending on which side of a line you look". Jenni uses her Mind Drawings to show people that we don’t all see the same thing when looking at the same drawing, opening conversations about the effect this can have on communication. 
Jenni has also had a hand in many public art and community strengthening projects. As a writer, she has delved into various mediums such as poetry, children's, fantasy as well as copywriting. Creatives like Jenni are an asset to our local community. 
Photograph of Cardinia Shire artist, Jenni Ivins, sitting outdoors sketching on a large sheet of paper.

Jenni Ivins


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