Feb 13th 2017 by davidmpickett • 35 Questions • 121 Points
In October of 1997, I was a vault supervisor for armored truck company Loomis Fargo, when I made off with $17.3 million. At the time it was the second largest cash robbery ever to happen on US soil.
A movie based on the heist starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones and directed by Jared Hess (the guy who made Napoleon Dynamite) is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.
My AMA time is up now, but thank you all for your participation in the Ask Me Anything session :-)
How did you navigate the process of taking a game from design to reality (production, art, freight, fulfillment, etc...)?
Every medic has their own strange NOPE type of injury or call. Mine was anything with fingers or toes. What's yours???
What happened to the 2 mil that is still unaccounted for? Did you really only go to Mexico with 50k?
Hahaha, are you a Spite Your Face Productions employee? Their stuff is great (though The Peril of Doc Ock is my favorite film by them), but I’d have to go with Henri & Edmond – Droits d’auteur (Copyright) mainly because David already had dibs on Robota as his favorite.
Yea, of all the shit i've seen fingernail avulsions make my skin crawl. haha
No idea where it is I only ever had what I took with me and what was sent to me.
Hi guys, really big fan over here. Have you seen the Lego Batman movie? If you did, what did you think about it?
Have you ever experienced/witnessed any considerable falls during a performance? What happens during falls like that - does the routine continue or is it stopped typically?
Did you have any difficulties getting used to the business side of making your own board games (e.g. accounting, procurement, insurance, shipping, etc.)?
What is the worst thing that someone "accidentally" got stuck in their butt?
One of those battery operated toothbrushes?
Gets properly securable items for your butt play, people.
Did you get to spend much time on set? What was it like to have a movie based on your story?
No judgement here. I had many non LEGO bricks mixed into my collection back in the day. I have only been meticulous about separating them because other fans get angry if I use them in my creations, but I am not a purist. I also have a growing collection of McFarlane toys bricks that is commingling with my LEGO collection
Do you have the link?
As a result of all the law suits I don't think you'd find a squad that pays less than minimum wage at this point.
While I felt we were always compensated fairly. We actually moved to a new pay structure so that it was very clear that we were being paid for every hour worked.
Since everyone has been so polite and not asked yet (but I know you're dying to know), here are the numbers: Practices: ~$9/hr Games: $20+/hr (depending on the number of years you were on the squad) Appearances: $100/hr
Note: this is not representative of all organizations across the board. Some teams make less and some teams might make more.
Edit: We also had hair, tan, and gym sponsorships. You also make money from selling calendars. You were also reimbursed for drive time if the appearance was outside a certain radius.
I would give more credit to my exposure to start-ups and entrepreneurial minds. That atmosphere really builds some boldness.
Reach out to Panda Games for a quote on pieces you'll need for your game ideas. It's a good step in the right direction.
how many crazy/stupid drivers do you have to avoid? have you, yourself, almost been in an accident with your siren on?
I've read that once the FBI actually closed in on you, you were relieved because you were fearing for your life at that point. Any truth to that? How did it actually feel when the FBI took you in?
Also, someone once called me "the George R.R. Martin of LEGO animation" and I thought that was very apt :)
While I maintained a full time job as an engineer throughout my time as a cheerleader, I ultimately retired to pursue new career opportunities. I moved into R&D, which requires a lot of travel. It simply would not have worked with the demanding cheer schedule.
Haha, not a bad idea. It's funny - that is completely me. My office is full of random game pieces that I'll combine in fits of madness during game creation. Also, looks like someone beat me to it: https://www.thisiswhyimbroke.com/cones-of-dunshire-board-game/
In my experience it's actually safer for us to drive with the siren and lights off. People go straight stupid when they see the lights. I've seen people pull into oncoming traffic to get out of the way.
Remember: Slow down/stop and pull to the right.
I felt relieved, I knew that things were getting ready to come to an end and getting caught was a stress reliever even if I knew I was going to jail.
What are Jandice and Kelly up to now? Did you stay in touch with them? Masterminds was a fun movie. Were you offended that they portrayed you as an idiot being so easily manipulated?
Great question! This is a topic we've talked about a few times on our blog The Set Bump:
In short, we generally approve of this approach as it enables the producers to create stylish animation that respects the physical limitations of the LEGO system at a scale that would be nigh-impossible with traditional animation.
The movie is hilarious. How accurate was the movie?
I love films with stunning visuals, magical worlds, and strong narratives. This tends to mean animated films by Laika, Pixar, Disney, or Ghibli, but also live-action films by Gilliam, Lucasfilm, Joss Whedon, etc. In 2016, Kubo and the Two Strings and Arrival were personal favorites.
Sorry, no can do. Maybe after I finalize my retirement . Don't want to get blacklisted from the league for exposing their secrets.
How did you get that many people to see your kickstarter?
It's one thing having a great product, but it's another thing getting people to your kickstart page.
I've seen one accident. It had two kids under 16 ejected, two kids under 12 pinned, and the mother walking around. The ejected kids looked to have really bad head and neck injuries possibly paralysis, one pinned kid lost all their teeth and I think a broken back, and one was stuck under the dash somehow, and I know nothing of their injuries. The mom had a broken arm.
The mother, and maybe the kid under the dash were the only people wearing a seatbelt. They left in ambulances, everyone else left by Life Flight.
Has this affected your ability to get a job? Being a quasi-famous bank robber and all?
I've certainly witnessed it being the deciding factor in life or death.
Good question , Oddly most employers are very understanding as long as you are honest with them up front .
Have you had problems getting positions of trust at all?
May you tell me some of the struggles of being a Dave that is working with a David?
We get confused for each other a lot. When we’re at the same LEGO fan convention, we try to make it easier for people by doing things together so they can just wave at both of us and yell “Hey Dave and David” and not have to remember who is who ;)
I ll be honest and say I probably have to put forth a bit more effort
Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying the book :)
I’ve been building with LEGO bricks my entire life. I learned how to build before I learned how to speak. My family got a video camera (one of the big old ones that used tapes) when I was 8 and I was excited to make my own movies. Naturally, all my actors and sets were built out of LEGO. Over the years I’ve tried other creative mediums, but I always come back to LEGO filmmaking.
Oh yea. More often than I think anyone realizes.
I don't think people realize that the call they are blocking us from getting to could be someone they love.
I just wanted to change my life, in hindsight the quick and easy way is not always the best way. I do not recommend doing what I did.
How many book signings have each of you done and how many more do you expect to do?
How bad was the harassment from the crowd? Do you have a story of an extreme case from a disrespectful fan?
My sister has numerous deathly allergies, gets hospitalized at least once a year unfortunately. People comment on how I move over and get the heck out of the way so quickly, I tell them "that could be my sister in there, I want them to get where they're going."
Prior to planning and executing the robbery, would have you ever thought of yourself as an armoured car robber? If not, when was the turning point?
LEGO has always been my favorite medium. I've made a few animations with other stuff (food, clay, toothbrushes, etc.) but I always come back to LEGO.
If you feel you can drive yourself or can easily find someone to drive you then it's up to you. You may get some pain medicine, and youll get it splinted, but depending on where you are it's sometimes faster to drive yourself.
When in doubt give us a call. I'd rather someone call us and not need us than need us and not call.
Prior to, I would have never even considered it but one day life kinda slapped me in the face. I was working sometimes 75-80 hrs a week for $8.15 an hour, I didn't even have a real home life because I was never there I was working all the time and unhappy which is understandable considering how old I was at the time. I felt cornered and one day the joking in the break room about robbing the place suddenly didn't seem so far fetched.
Hello David! How was life in prison? And what is the biggest lesson you learned from this whole experience?
well move into a broom closet with two other people ,and eat hospital food every day . That part really sucks , its supposed to suck to discourage returning . Freedom is a precious , precious thing
My sister had the same job North of Cincinnati. She told me about picking up people OD on heroin and hear a clunking sound. Then she looks down and ice cubes on the ground. She says people believe shoving ice up their butts will save them from an OD.
So any odd "home" remedies you come across?
How much did you make off the movie?
I've never seen ice in the butt, but ive had people shoved in ice baths.
The stuff people put on burns... Butter etc... No, no, no.
I didn't get money for this, what I got was a great vacation and a chance to tick something off of my bucket list. I know that isn't exciting to most people but I, regular Joe, had the chance to be on a movie set...who wouldn't want to do that? Plus the food truck was awesome, my wife called me a hobbit for having second breakfasts.
David, what do you feel like was your biggest mistake in the heist? Getting too many people involved? It seems like you got away with it for a while until all of your cohorts started talking too much.
Recently I had a string of like 8 bad calls in a week that just completely emotionally wrecked me. I couldn't quit, but it confirmed that I was making the right decision by being in school to move on from this.
To be honest, doing it at all was my biggest mistake but that thought comes with a bit of perspective. I will say though, if you have a "secret" it's best to keep it to yourself, lol.
As far as I can think, no other sports have it (feel free to correct me here). As someone who isn't American, could you explain it to me? Genuinely seems a bit weird. Honestly can't imagine us Brits doing it.
What are the common traits of bad board games?
Mine was the 600 lb patient who had been in the floor for 3 days, completely naked, shitting and pissing on himself with open sores everywhere...good times
What is the biggest difference between the real you and how you were portrayed in the movie? Something that was super accurate?
Really great question, this one is going to be fun!
Cheerleading/Dance Teams are actually very common across a wide range of sports teams in the US: Football, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, baseball.
Bottom line: it's all about money.
A sports team is a business. Now, imagine you own that business. If there's opportunity to get relatively cheap marketing by paying (usually minimum wage) a pretty girl to wear your teams apparel, it's a strategic move on the teams part. The fans want to be involved with the team and the team wants them obsessed, but you can't send the players out to every event. First, they're too busy and second, they're too expensive. So, you appoint a second team to do community outreach. A group of beautiful women. You announce that they are part of the team and for fans, this is the next best thing. So you deploy women all over the city to go to openings of the local super market, zoo, and library, as well as, school events, corporate events, and charities. You charge top dollar to have your team represented at their event. Aside from events, you're also looking at swimsuit calendars, merchandise, and junior cheer programs.
For the most popular teams, this translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars a year (potentially more, I'm not privy to this information). If marketed correctly, you're making a lot of money for relatively little investment. From a business standpoint, you're missing out on a lot of money if you don't have a cheer team.
THAT, my friend, is why sports teams have cheerleaders. However, I'm open to alternative opinions should anyone care to discuss further. :)
Here are some that bug me:
-Games with too much luck -Games with zero luck -Games that have lots of "Gotcha!" mechanics - meaning you can just skip someone really easily with a card you happened to draw -Games that are WAY too complex -Games that don't match the theme with the mechanics of the game
Well I'm taller than Zach and we have different Carolina accents. He even says that he played a much 'dumber version' of me, I'm actually pretty laid back. Something that was very accurate was the victory dance when leaving the vault.
Do hospital doctors think 911 medics are dumb?
Have you ever applied pressure to an otherwise fatal wound?
Is defibrilation used as often as movies make you think?
How ready is the staff for snake bites?
Was the victory dance caught on cctv like in the film? If so, is there anywhere we can go to see the real victory dance? lol.
It depends on the DR. I have had some Drs have me hold up and go over a head CT of a stroke pt, and I've had some who think i'm a moron when they had no room to judge anyone. Usually though unless it an arrest or incredibly traumatic call we deal strictly with nursing staff in patient transition.
Yea, I had a guy put his arm through a window because he was fighting with his girlfriend. He severed his brachial artery and by the time we got to the er we were both soaked in blood.
I could count on one hand the times I've rolled on scene with a patient already hooked to a AED. I think thats more a cost related thing though.
I've actually never dealt with a snake bite call, though we have some severely venomous ones around here. There is antivenin kept pretty close though. If not in the hospital itself its a short flight away.
**Finally edited out my mistake. I got it people! lol
Truthfully I don't know , I kinda hope its out there somewhere , lol
How is your life now? Can you relate to the one you were before all this?
My life is actually pretty ordinary, the movie really did not change a thing. I still get up in the morning and go to work just like everyone else.
What's the craziest interior decorating decision you've seen in a patient's home?
Did you manage to bury any of the money before you got busted?
I dont know that anything intentional springs to mind. I have seen people with shit stacked up through out the house to where there was only a small path from room to room, and I was in a trailer that had a bunch of holes in the floor where cats were climbing in and out!
Nope. And FYI, American currency uses an ink that never really dries and burying money can lead to mold and rot and thus worthless money.
Nobody wants your sheep...
After a call, we had a husband of a patient bring us some snacks and thank us for taking care of his wife. It was really nice to be remembered after the fact.
Well, you know what they say about hindsight.
What is your take? How much money did you knock down in the past two years for yourself?
I've been one of those people!!!! If it wasn't for the medic that saved my kid's father, and the heart wrenching story he shared with him in regards to the loss of his own son, my kids wouldnt have a dad nor would he have ever sought rehab. The next day I brought 2 baskets of baked goodies and a case of tea into the station and thanked everyone there that night and thanked the medic for convincing someone to get help when I had tried to convince him for so long. He even shed a little tear cause he was glad to see he stopped one person from going the way his son did. Thanks guys for all that you do!!!
One thing that board games do have going for them is that they are very cheap to make. Its true that the retailers/Amazon/Kickstarter take big cuts, but you can still make 40% margins on what you sell if you are smart about it.
We generally profit/re-invest 40-50% of the Kickstarter total. But remember, we also make ongoing monthly sales once Kickstarter ends. We don't make all of our money just during the Kickstarter campaign.
One advantage we have is that because we are a small company (it's just me and my wife), there aren't a lot of mouths to feed or employees to pay. That really contributes bigtime to keeping the margins good.
I love board games, so if I don't become a millionaire from it, that's fine. If I can sustain my family with it, then that's my dream job right there. Make enough to live comfortably and do something I love. Also, with each game we make it creates a new revenue stream since games are very shareable. The more solid games you have out there, the higher your "salary" becomes.
Yea, at this point I could eat and suction a trach at the same time.
lol, good meme, thank you.
Yeah, China can make things really cheap, and board games use wood, plastic, paper, cardboard. That helps keep margins alive and well.
Can you talk to the Stranger Things people and make a board game out of that please?
Has anyone ever tried to seduce you when you were called out? If you were, what's the story?
Also, have you ever had to go to someone you know?
How do you feel about your actions 20 years later?
Would you have not done it altogether, looking back, or would you have done things differently to make sure you got away with it?
Oh my gosh yes!
I had a guy invite me back to his place after my shift to "hang out" with his two girls and him. I didn't go... lol
If I hadn't have done what I did, my life would be completely different now. The things that have happened in my life since then have led me to having a lovely wife that I wouldn't have met if I didn't move here after I got out which led to us having a wonderful child. That being said my actions years ago were from someone who was very different than I am now and while I think what I did was wrong, well, at this point it is what it is.
How did you get started? What inspired you to come up with ideas for board games?
Have you ever felt your life was at risk due to a patient? What's the story?
If you could have anyone besides Zach Galifianakis play you in a movie, who would it be?
I was in Alaska for a summer and was playing the party game of Mafia. My friend and I decided to tweak the game to make it better and eventually turned it into "Harry Potter Mafia." From there I realized that I loved designing games and started on my first project, Salem.
Life inspires my ideas. Movies, phenomenons, culture, history (this is a big one). Everything can be equated to a game, you just have to pull the right parts out of it.
Yeah, Ive been unexpectedly caught in cross fire. I've found myself locked in a back room of a run down house with a self proclaimed white supremacist with a bunch of guns laying around. Several near misses from traffic working on highway. Improperly secured vehicles starting to tip while I'm in them. It a more common occurrence than I think we realize. Most of the time it's not until after the fact you realize how bad a situation was.
Morgan Freeman, he's calm like I am and has a great voice, like, he could read the back of a lunchable and I would listen.
Did you have to claim the stolen money on your tax return that year? That might sound like a dumb question, but think about it... Once you were caught and everything was sorted out, there must have been a known amount of money in which the FBI, etc. determined that you had spent at that point. The spent money would have technically been untaxed income, so I'm just curious if the IRS or someone contacted you one day said "so yeah... we need you to pay taxes on the $_____ that you spent". Or did they not even bother and consider it lost currency? All my other questions were already answered :(
Yeah, the whole licensing thing is the only thing that stopped us from making one :) Maybe I'll reach out to Warner Bros and see what it would take to make it happen.
Start working on your RN? lol
Nah, well yea, but If you love it keep on. The issues with the job pushes all the decent well intentioned people out. Also, lift with your legs!
good question the short version is that it was all added onto my fines which add up to around 3.8 million .
So you have raised money on kickstarter... How many games have you actually sold? I am starting to see South Park accuracy.
Have you ever had to use your training outside of work?
Do you get royalties from the movie? That's kind of a roundabout way to get rich off of robbing an armored truck.
Our first game, Salem, was released at the end of last year. It has now sold around 10,000 copies.
Yea, I've rolled up on some wrecks in my personal vehicle. It certainly has helped me learn to keep calm in a crisis.
Nope, not a dime. That would be profiting from a crime which is a no no and I'm on the straight and narrow.
What was the dumbest thing you purchased with some of that $?
We did! Thank you!!
The times I get to use a cot that is automatic are good days.
The 4 pairs of boots I bought in one day [shrug] what can I say they were nice and I was impulse shopping.
It isn't a promotion per se. It is just a different company to work for. To work on a helicopter you have to have 3-5 years of experience in 911.
In ems in general there is like 3 steps on the ladder. Field medic > Supervisor > Director. It's a very stagnant field in terms of advancement.
Actually my favorite thing with Zach in it is his show Baskets however Due Date was pretty hilarious.
I'm so glad you didn't end up like Lily's father in How I Met Your Mother! Any plans to make a 'Slap Bet' game?
Have you ever been assaulted or other wise aggressively treated by patients or bystanders? In The Netherlands this problem has garnered some attention, and I was wondering whether we're the only country that deals with this.
So I haven't read your story or anything but what was your thought process going into the heist?
Haha that would be so legit! I'll think about that one :)
The hardest i've ever been hit was by an 80 year old diabetic lady, though that was unintentional. But, yea i've been pushed around. Mostly with overdoses. Bystanders will call and the patient wakes up in the mean time and gets aggressive thinking we are going to get them arrested.
I planned backwards, where I wanted to go and then how much I would need to get there.
Did you help at all with the movie, directing, explaining how it went, etc? If so how was working with them?
I'm a thinker, and I love coming up with the mechanics that make games fun. There's a lot of testing and thinking and creativity involved. I also love that games can bring people together, and that they can then take those groups away together to the world of the game for a little while. I view games the same way others view music or movies - they provide a really fun escape. For those reasons and more, making board games feels very fulfilling for me.
I had a hooker who's legal name was sparkle get shot in the ass by her pimp.
I consulted on some of the props and sets in the movie, it was a joy working with Jared, Zach and the rest of the cast and crew.
Do you think the market for board games is expanding? Do you think you can market board games outside of the usual target market?
IDK if it's too much detail but was it on the cheek or directly into the bum?
I do, yes. I think with the huge explosion of technology/phones, people find comfort in the simplicity of board games.
I think with games that focus on being aesthetically pleasing and "cool", there is definitely a market outside of the "board game crowd." Our games come in faux books and I'd say about half of our players are people who wouldn't call themselves big board gamers. There's lots of room for innovation in the board game world, and that innovation catches new eyes.
Did u enjoy your time as lead singer of the Spin Doctors?
It's so true. Can't beat the classic "game night" feeling.
Delivering a happy healthy baby!
So rarely do I get to be on that side of the life.
Hahaha, sadly that wasn't me and my wife doesn't recommend singing as a career for me.
It's funny you mention the simplicity of board games. I recently started playing board games again because my girlfriend's cousin has a huge collection and that is his thing. Every time we visit them, we always play a couple of games with their kids and then we play a more "adult" game for us.
I actually find that most video games, be it mobile or on an actual platform are very simple, where as board games tend to be more complex, require a lot more thinking and have way more replay value. One of the things I value about board games is that they aren't that simple to play. Of course, this applies to games like Settlers of Catan and Monopoly, not kid's games.
Did you know that I'm your arch nemesis?
That's a good point. There's definitely a range of simplicity going on.
I partly mean that games get us "back to the basics" before technology. You don't need a phone or fancy buttons or internet connections to play. You just need tangible pieces and a rulebook to dive in.
Battling stupid every day! lol
What's your favorite classic boardgame? Have you always had an interest in boardgames?
Do you take your work home with you? If not, how do you block the troubling stuff out?
Yes, I come from a family of 9 kids and growing up we always had a board game out! I felt a strong affinity for Clue and Monopoly as far as the classics go. Recent classics that I really like are Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and Settlers of Catan.
The really bad stuff I do. Kids are especially rough for me. I mentioned a call somewhere else in here about having to hold the corpse of a newborn for about an hour drive and it fucked me up for probably the better part of two months.
For the most part though you desensitize yourself to it with a humor callous. I've seen stories of people in EMS getting in trouble for being caught making fun of a patient on a dash cam after a call, but what the public doesn't understand is that it isn't personal and that if we didn't do stuff like that we would all last approximately a year be fore being committed.
A similar thing happens in hostile deployed areas. You have to find humor or else you'll go mad. People that don't understand tend to demonize. PC goes out the window. Dark humor ensues. Keep fighting the good fight. You certainly earned my respect. I'd buy you a beer if I could.
Exactly. Cheers, mate.
What board games do you find yourself playing the most when you're not working/playtesting?
Since this will probably be asked eventually, what is the worst thing you've ever seen on the job? And thank you for doing this!
Honestly, I prefer playing the games I create. Haha :) But I think that's important --- if I don't absolutely LOVE my own games then I wouldn't release them.
But I do occasionally pull out Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Monopoly Deal, and Rummikub.
It involved holding a dead baby for about an hour drive. We were transporting the mother to another facility and the corpse had to come with us, but I couldn't bear just to lay it somewhere.
What is your main method when it comes to selling your games? I imagine selling online comes easiest and reaches a much larger number, however every time I'm tempted to buy a board game it's been from seeing the box art and holding the box in person.
Former medic here. I did CPR on a newborn with PEA during a return. (For the laypersons, that's no breathing, no pulse, but an organized heart rhythm. Very low chance of a happy ending in this case, and it yielded the expected outcome.) Definitely not an hour drive, but felt like an eternity.
There aren't many people who want to talk about this stuff. Nice to hear from someone who had a similar experience. That's all.
We sell most of our games on Amazon. Our only released game so far is played with 4-12 players, so a lot of people play the game with friends who already own the game and are able to enjoy it and see it before buying online.
Our games really focus on looking beautiful though, so we're trying to get into more stores so people can pick up the game like you said.
It's either get it out or go nuts.
The air of machismo when it comes to feelings in the profession really worries me. I'm sure it causes much more problems than it helps.
If a grilled sandwich with melted cheese has anything other than cheese on it, would you still consider it "grilled cheese," or would you call it a "melt?"
Have you ever gone to a call that has made you question why you still do this?
Thanks for everything you do and everything you will do!
I definitely wouldn't call it a grilled cheese. I'd probably call it a "sandwich I stuck in the George Foreman"
Do you mean due to the frivolous nature, or because of how traumatic it is on the psyche?
So... Why did you want to get into this profession??
Also, do you put anything extra inside your grilled cheese besides cheese?
Baby steps into the unknown. Start with some smaller side endeavors and learn the ropes a bit before jumping.
To be honest, I had no idea the profession really existed. I was in college working on my bachelors in biology when my girlfriend got pregnant, so I had to find a job sooner than later. She was looking in the paper one day and saw an ad and said "Hey, how about working on an ambulance?" and the rest is history...
Thanks for doing this AMA and for being so responsive to everyone's questions.
A friend and I are trying to do the same thing! In our research though we've discovered a lot of potential pitfalls with going the Kickstarter route. Namely, the "pre-marketing."
Do you have any advice for people who are trying this? Could you give us your top 3 things that made your first Kickstarter successful?
Thank you for doing what you do.
Ninja edit: Whats the longest shift you've worked?
Good luck with yours!
My main advice: worry less about the pre-marketing and more about the product. With our first game we did zero pre-marketing and the game raised $100K. Make a great game and the people will find you.
Also, here's an article I wrote about my takeaways from last time: http://travhancock.com/2015/06/how-i-raised-100000-on-kickstarter/
When I was a young'n I worked 5 24 hour shifts in a weeks time.
All in a row 70ish hours? Not any more though. Way too old for that.
First of all congratulations for all these great achievements. Was there ever a time when you wanted to get back to your old job?
Whats the rarest condition that you have diagnosed on spot? And how? What was the treatment after that?
Thanks! And so far, nope. I guess there were a few moments of uncertainty when the risk-free environment sounded nice, but the freedom and flexibility of working for myself just feels awesome.
I had a patient with some insane looking rash that went diagnosed for like a month. Never found out if it was contagious or anything. It's been a while so I guess I am good.
Congrats. The game looks like fun.
How do you find manufacturers for your products that you can trust? Are you working on new games all the time and how many do you have planned?
Is it true that you drive with a pan of water in the ambulance? To make sure you drive safe enough for the patient in the back or something
The board game industry is really supportive - we were pointed towards some good manufacturers that are based in the US/Canada but have factories in China. That made it really easy.
Yes, we're always working on new games! So far we have released 2, and we're currently testing the next 3 in line. New game ideas are constantly on my brain!
It isnt mandatory, but it is the way I was taught and subsequently teach newbies. The exponential difference between being in the front and back is rough if you're the one in the back.
Did you start to make board games first and quit your job once it took off, or did you have an actual business model and quit your job hoping for the best?
I feel like this should be something everyone keeps in their wallet and most definitely something all geriatricians recommend to their patients.
I quit my job right after our first game raised $100K on Kickstarter. So I definitely wasn't leaving blind. It was nice to have that safety net to start with!
I also had a few other side ventures that I was working on as well at the time that were bringing in some revenue.
For sure. That and an ICE (In case of emergency) labelled contact in their phones.
What happens when you are called to a scene and person has died prior to arrival? Do you turn around?
Also when you get to a scene and there is a body do you handle the dead at all or does a coroner?
I live in canada and those are rumors i have heard about ehs drivers
We confirm asystole. Note the presence of lividity and rigor to insure it isn't recent and I pronounce them dead. From there law enforcement takes over if its suspicious. If not a funeral home comes and gets them.
Do you feel like people need to be more educated about what your job entails?
And do you feel people should be more thankful or respectful to first responders?
I think everyone should have to take an, at least abridged, EMT course in highschool. Everyone knowing how to preform cpr and to stop bleeding would be invaluable. Other than that, I think knowing when to or to not call 911 or to visit an ER vs urgent care is something that should be more widely known.
As far as respect goes... You cant force people to respect something. I try to conduct myself in a respectable manner, but there are certainly dicks in this job like in any other that don't deserve an ounce.
What would you say is the hardest aspect of your job, mentally? And how do you handle it?
Thank you for your service!
Just the repeated struggle of dealing with death and dying. The best way I've learned to explain it is "Imagine the worse moment of your life. Now imagine doing that 5-10 times a day several times a week."
I man up and go to therapy. A lot of alcoholism and broken relationships in the job though. I think last I heard we have one of the highest suicide and divorce rates.