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Monday, December 15, 2008

Xeko Mission:China - Review and Giveaway


Xeko Mission:China is the latest title in this award winning series of collectible card games. Some of my favorite games to play are card games, so I was excited to check this one out. The starter set arrived in a stunning pagoda box and included the following goodies:

40 cards for a 2-player game
1 Hotspot card
2 limited-edition sketch cards
Cool playmat with China eco-map on the back
Rulebook and giant learn-to-play cards
Additional rules for up to 4 players


Already I was drooling, and I hadn't even opened the box yet! Basically, the game is an introduction to threatened species and the world's conservation "hotspots." By playing it, we learn about China's ecosystems and meet the endangered species that live in them. The cards are absolutely gorgeous and include animals such as the beloved Giant Panda, critically endangered Snow Leopard, and ferocious King Cobra. They smell pretty good, too! Each card also includes brief descriptions and facts about the animal shown, which are interesting to read. I was expecting a bit of learning curve, since I've never actually played a collectible card game before. The giant learn-to-play cards included along with the playmat were extremely helpful in teaching the ins and outs of the game. It seems like one of those games that is easy to learn, but at the same time challenging. There's a lot of opportunities to use strategy, and I like how you can collect cards from other titles to build your ultimate deck. I'm looking forward to playing more of this game with my family as it's fun and educational - a winning combination!

For more information and to see a demo of the game, check out www.xeko.com.

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a copy of Xeko Mission:China. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Monday, December 22nd at Midnight.Please try to leave a thoughtful comment (don't just say "Pick Me" "I want to win" etc.) Please include your email address. Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

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77 comments :

  1. This looks like a really fun game. I love the detail on the animal pictures!

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  2. I would love to get this for my kids. Anything to teach them to be more about our world and how important it is to be eco-minded is wonderful.

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  3. This is a cool game. I like that you learn about animals.

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  4. We love playing games around the house and something that is actually educational and fun would be a real breakthrough.

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  5. This would be great for my oldest son. He loves animals and is starting to use the computer some. Thanks for the opportunity.

    reg8w@aol.com

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  6. I love fact they care about the earth
    Xeko is dedicated to a bright green future and preserving some of our planet's greatest riches — biodiversity and ecosystems around the world. Our world is an interconnected wonder — the air, water, land, plants, animals, and human-made things create our environment and are directly connected. What occurs in one part of the world impacts the balance and health of our entire planet.

    Since by now you probably know that you need a healthy environment for your own health and happiness, you can understand why being a good steward of our Earth is so important to YOU and everyone else.
    It's easy being green:

    * Practice the 3 Rs — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
    * Help Xeko recycle and earn Green Stars by recycling Xeko booster packs
    * Learn about the hotspots and Xeko's hotspot conservation partner, Conservation International
    * Get involved with local clubs and learn more about sustainable living

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  7. looks like an interesting game, it'd mak a great gift

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  8. Why do we call some animals pets and others dinner?

    You cannot be a meat eating environmentalist.

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  9. I like that it encourages children to think about the environment and ecology while they're playing a game. Perhaps they will learn to be better stewards as they grow.

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  10. This would be great for my son. He loves trading cards and this would be a great educational tool for him.
    -Terra
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. This looks like a neat game. It is nice to try new and unique games and this looks like a good one.

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  12. a good collectibles game for the kids

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  13. My daughter loves games. This would be great for her. Thanks!

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  14. This looks like an interesting game. I would love to give this to my niece. She loves pandas, maybe there would be a picture of one with this game. Thanks!

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  15. love the fact that this company is green

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  16. this sounds like a fun educational game to play with my niece.

    jayme[dot]bouwens@yahoo[dot]com

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  17. Looks like a game my kids would enjoy :)

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  18. What a neat game. It looks like a fun way to get kids to learn. Thanks.
    Heidi
    sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

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  19. This game looks like it could be fun. I'm not very familiar collectible card games but it would be nice to give it a try.

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  20. We have the Xeko Madagascar set, and while this appears to be an interesting and educational card game, like Pokemon or other collectible card games you really need more than the starter set to have a lot of fun with it.

    That's why it would be awesome to win this one!

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  21. That game looks really interesting...My 7th grader is studying China, and this might help with the "fun"! Thanks

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  22. "Do Good!" How many games/companies are currently teaching this concept?
    I like how Xeko fosters the imagination and sends the next generation out to save the world.
    I like that the game is factual and features remarkable plant and animal species. Please enter me in your wonderful game giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  23. Wonderful prize...would really love to win this for my terrific nephews. THANKS!!!

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  24. Ooh, my sons would have a ball with this! I love that it's so educational!

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  25. My boys would love this game! Thanks for the chance!

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  26. This looks like tons of family fun!~

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  27. I really, really want this! I am adopting a baby girl from China and this would be wonderful for her as she gets older!

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  28. I think this is an awesome learning game that will instill positive values about the environment at an early age that will lead to change in the future. I would love to give such a great gift to my grandson.

    Thank you,
    whammo21g@gmail.com

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  29. My daughter is from China. This would be a great, fun way for our whole family to learn about her birthplace.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  30. Green toys are the best. This will hold my children's interest.

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  31. The game looks really fun and educational. The cards are beautifully done. Love the Xeko.com website, the Xeopedia was really interesting to check out. My kids love learning games and this would make fantastic addition to their collection.

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  32. this looks like a fun and educational game for kids-my grandson would like the cards

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  33. So many of these card games are just so dumb, but this one actually looks like it would be interesting.

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  34. We have family game night every week. It's so hard to find new games that aren't just garbage. This one looks great - and educational too.

    angieplays4fun at gmail.com

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  35. I am always looking for new ideas for games that my granddaughter and i can play. This should bring 100's of questions from her as we play.
    Poppy55@bellsouth.net

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  36. I think that it is wonderful that there is a game that is fun, educational and pertinent to the problems facing the world today. I believe teaching important topics at such a young age will yield results in the future.

    Plus my nephew loves games involving collecting cards and anything about exotic animals.

    bettyroseg@gmail.com

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  37. my son is asking for maps and atlas so he can learn about all the places in the world. this would be another item to help him learn. thanks and happy holidays. miketra@sbcglobal.net

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  38. This is an exotic game that looks like a lot of fun

    ardy22 at earthlink.net

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  39. This is great. A game that is fun and educational!!

    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. We love playing games like this, and about a country we know almost nothing about will be even better. Thanks!

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  41. How perfect. My son has always loved Pandas. He is 17 now and we were carrying in groceries and the toilet tissue hada Panda on it and he was smiling. Let's protect those Pandas
    rosans4@comcast.net

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  42. Looks like a cute game. I hope that you have a relaxing holiday! We're flying out to visit family far away. Thankfully the plane will be pretty empty as we're flying on Christmas day.

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  43. This would be fabulous for my family! Not only because my children love animals but because they are so concerned about earth & animal extinction & environmental concerns. They also love things like Pokemon...those collectible card games. As long as this comes with instructions for playing, we'd be having fun for hours!

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  44. I think my daughter would love this game. Looks like a great learning tool & a fun game!

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  45. A Chinese friend wants to come over and join in our family game night - this would be interesting with her.

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  46. This looks fun. We were just in China in October so I am extra interested!

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  47. We love playing games ar our house, and this looks like it would be very educational as well as fun!

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  48. I love that XEKO has an eco~friendly purpose behind their games! : ))) That to me is magical! : )))

    Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

    leahita[at]gmail[dot]com

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  49. I am very impressed by how well designed the whole concept is. Educational and fun. I love the Xekopedia.

    NutterBoogle@gmail.com

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  50. This looks awesome, even the box is cool. I like trading card games, ever since Pokemon! :)
    harlifantham@yahoo.com

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  51. My daughter is really fascinated by China. This is such a terrific giveaway.

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  52. "Gee your hair smells terrific!"
    govgirl@gmail.com

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  53. I would love to win this game. I like that it has information about China's eco-system and the endangered species in China. The game would foster a better understanding of the environment in our children. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  54. our family loves game night, esp with fun learning games like this! thanks for the chance!
    christinbanda@yahoo.com

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  55. I love educational games like this...and I think my son would really like it! thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  56. My daughter and I love learning about geography and world cultures.
    So this is right up our alley.
    This game looks so cool. Love the box.
    Thank you for the contest and Happy Holidays.

    -Allie
    tonylethal@aol.com

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  57. Happy Holiday to all! Remember the reason for the season!

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  58. Really cool game. thanks for the contest.

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  59. It looks like a really fun game! Thanks for a great giveaway :)

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  60. I LOVE GAMES THAT THE KIDS THINK ARE FUN~BUT I KNOW THEY ARE EDUCATIONAL!
    XEKO SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT GAMES THAT WILL ALSO INCREASE MY CHILDS KNOWLEDGE.
    THAT'S WHAT I CALL A HOME RUN!

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  61. What a great idea, my boys love about animals

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  62. Catherine KingChuparkoffDecember 22, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    I love the fact that geography will also be learned in a fun way too! These look really fantastic!ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

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  63. this seems great for educating about endangered animals

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  64. My son is marrying a Chinese woman so my grandchildren will be half Chinese. The Xeko Mission: China would be a great way to share their heritage with them.

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  65. Xeko Misson China looks like a
    good game.A great way for kids to learn about ecosystems.We all
    need to learn as much as we can
    now and I would love to win this
    nice game.Please enter me and thanks
    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  66. My son would like it. It looks educational.
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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  67. looks like afun game that teaches at the same time:) ty 4 the awesome giveaway and the entry:)

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  68. I think it's very cool that it comes with a playmat that has a China eco-map on the back

    jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

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  69. This looks like a very educational game for my children.

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