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Life Lessons From Boston Massacre


One game in particular a couple days ago changed the way I see the world.

It was a 7-player game, consisting of 3 redcoats and 4 patriots. There came a point in the game where 3 patriots were obvious, 2 redcoats were obvious, and there were 2 people left whose identities were left hidden, leaving the known patriots to try and figure out who their partner was.

Usually in this situation, the unknown patriot simply lets the other patriots know he is on their team by playing very obvious, patriot-like moves, right?

Not in this case.

In this situation, somehow both players appeared to be redcoat, neither one making obvious patriot moves, or even saying that they were patriot. At first, I was flabbergasted by each player (who happened to be husband and wife). Surely no one could be so dumb. The patriots wrestled back and forth, trying to decide who the “idiot” was.

Eventually, without the help of the last patriot, the redcoats won. Shortly thereafter, it was revealed who the “idiot” was. To protect their identity, we’ll just call them “Levi”.

After 20-30 seconds of fiercely yelling at “Levi”, I was able to have a good conversation with him about the game, about his actions, and how each of us could improve. It’s fair to say the experience changed my perspective on life and how to deal with people.

In this game, I was so firm and controlling about what the patriots should do, that the “lost patriot’s” pride refused to let him give me the satisfaction of me being correct; refused to let me control his actions.

Life is full of people trying to convince others what to believe, say, and do. However, by trying to impose ones will on another, walls are built, stubbornness and pride endures, and battles are lost. Trying to control someone else is not going to work. The only way to truly change someone is to inspire them to change themselves, to guide and encourage them along their own unique path of life, but to ultimately let them make their own choices.

Me and “Levi” may not have won that particular game of Boston Massacre. But we achieved something far greater. Through the loss we were able to form a deeper respect and understanding for one another. In essence, that one game wasn’t about that particular game. It was about the hundreds of games that will follow, it taught me how to better understand and communicate with others, and it taught me to accept people as they are.

I would like to thank all Boston Massacre creators and contributors for the large impact they have had on my life, and I hope to share this game with others so that they also can grow and learn from it as I have.

I look forward to the next game where me and “Levi” can be on the same team.

4 thoughts on “Life Lessons From Boston Massacre”

  1. The life lessons I have learned from participating in this wonderful experiment of creating a game:

    1). The creative process is much more entertaining than the selling process;

    2). Jackson is the real Pied Piper of Hamilton, playing a flute and the young rats follow lockstep out of reality;

    3). This game helps develop life skills. Taking a position and standing by it, open enough to change if better paths need to be taken. Stand up for yourself with respect for others, set boundaries around deceit, craft influential arguments. Adapt and survive.

    4). When embarking on a side hustle, keep your day job to stay homed, fed, clothed;

    5). We may not sell another game. In fact, the charts are trending in that direction. Yet, we will press on past the critics. The product is good, worthwhile, entertaining. Not ubiquitous, never a game has been;

    6). It has been a wonderful experience. Life changing as Harrison so eloquently says.

    1. Levi, I agree with 5 out of 6 of your life lessons.

      Unfortunately, I fear by calling Jackson the Pied Piper of Hamilton you yourself may be a young rat following him out of reality.

  2. Let’s just say that this thoughtful blog has given me three pieces of input.

    1. I love Harrison
    2. The game can be actually extremely fun and entertaining.
    3. I will not hesitate to purchase a copy

  3. Let’s just say that this thoughtful blog has given me three pieces of input.

    1. I love the shareholders
    2. The game can be actually extremely fun and entertaining.
    3. I will not hesitate to purchase a copy

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