Irkutsk

Siberian Fireball

Tunguska Blast

I have always been fascinated by the remoteness of Siberia.  A board game that I played as a kid was called Risk.  I loved it.  Each player tries to conquer the world with armies.  I liked looking at the geography of the map on the game board.  Places like Kamchatka, Irkutsk, Siberia, Madagascar, and New Guinea all captured my imagination.  When I would hear or read about places like Lake Baikal in remote Asia, my mind would race back to my Risk playing days.

When I created the board game Treasure Trove I wanted to include strange places, exotic animals, ancient cities, and fabled treasure that would capture the imagination of young minds who might play the game.  One such place was the mysterious blast in a remote part of Siberia that leveled over 80 million trees.  The Siberian Fireball as many now call it, took place near Tunguska in 1908.  It was not seriously scientifically evaluated for many decades later.  At first it was assumed to have been a meteorite, but there is no large crater.  Now it is thought to probably have been a comet that exploded in the atmosphere.  There are plenty of other hypothesis including:  A black hole went through the earth, a chunk of antimatter falling from space( I am not exactly sure what antimatter is), a natural H-bomb (whatever that is), or the explosion of an alien spacecraft.  A lot of Star Trek theories I suppose.

I have several places on the game board of Treasure Trove that involve strange phenomena such as the Bermuda Triangle or The Giants of Nazca.  It is fun to expose kids playing the game to the many fascinating places our planet has to offer.