You Are a Business Genius
Make your stock price go wild!
Today’s Quest: Take the reigns of a multibillion dollar corporation and go nuts with it. Then join our “business roundtable” as we strategize on our personal brands. Finally, I’m honored by some exciting news! Tally ho!
First time here? Adventure Snack is a game series I email to subscribers. Play quests for free, twice a month, and turn your inbox into an adventure!
You are a “business genius,” according to the editors at The Flatterer magazine. They don’t just put anyone’s face on the cover. You have to pay a lot of money for that!
As you step into your brand new high-rise office with a panoramic view of the city and the title of CEO, you take a deep breath. You’re relaxed, wealthy, and have everything you could possibly want. As a natural-born “disrupter,” you consider it your sworn duty to make everyone around you anxious, poorer, and worried they will be replaced by a chirpy chatbot.
This morning’s investor call is your opportunity to make a great first impression by showing the world how much smarter you are than everyone else.
When your quest is complete, it’s time to debrief. Join your fellow adventurers at the virtual D&D table we call the comments section. Also, I didn’t get your Venmo for the pizza last time. So do you want to hit me up for today’s pizza and last week’s pizza, or… uh, how do you want to do this?
Discuss one (or all) of today’s topics in the comments:
👩💼 What was your first job? Did you learn anything from it?
💝 Are there any brands you genuinely love? For me, it’s Nintendo. I’ve been playing their games ever since I was a kid. Now there’s a Nintendo theme park in LA and I wanna go, but I have a lousy job that doesn’t consider “Going to Nintendo” a legitimate excuse to miss work.
🔥 Have you had a job you were glad to quit or leave?
✍️ Bonus Challenge (+50 Points): Describe your personal brand in one sentence, but be honest. Here’s mine: “Geoffrey Golden writes and designs narrative games every so often, when he’s not busy looking up obscure Muppets on the Muppet Wiki.”
🌟 Challenge Winners: Last week, adventurersand earned 50 points for their mythical monster pickup lines! Congrats to you both! Here they are…
“Are you Icarus? Because you look like you fell from the heavens.” –William
“Yeah, I'm complex. My heart's like a maze. Would you like a Minotaur?” –Zachary
If you use one of these at the next convivium, let them know if it works.
HONOR WAS BESTOWED UPON US!
Adventure Snack is now an award winning publication! *Cue Airhorns* Use Your Psychic Powers at Applebee’s won two honors at this year’s IFDB Awards, hosted by the Interactive Fiction Database. We won Outstanding Short Game of 2022 (Player’s Choice) and Outstanding Ink Game of 2022 (Author’s Choice). This was my first game programming in Ink, so to have won an award for it is a bit mind-melting. Thanks to every adventurer who voted! Here’s a list of all the winning games for you to check out and play.
In other cool news, two very fine newsletters gave Adventure Snack a shout-out recently...is a newsletter about TTRPGs, particularly the game Pathfinder. Adventurer gave cyclops dating a spin and swiped left for one-eyed love. He recommended other great gaming related newsletters, like , , , and , all of which I read. Check out his full list to bring more gaming goodness into your inbox.
Adventurer and “friend of the ‘stack” (is that a thing?)crossed the 2,000 subscriber threshold for his hilarious newsletter of personal essays and travel exploits , which I subscribe to. Congratulations, Michael! In his latest post, he credits advice I gave him as helping him grow his newsletter. If you're a newsletter writer, I recommend giving his milestone post a read to learn how he did it. (There’s one weird trick involving a blender, raw fish, and an old Jansport backpack that really works!)
Congratulations, Geoffrey! That is amazing and so well-deserved!
My first teaching job out of college was at a residential school for students with significant needs (I won’t get into the specifics). Many of them were violent - knock you out, bite you, break your nose kind of violent - and the staff had to be trained in takedowns, supines, and all kinds of crazy restraints. I have so many memories from that place...both good and bad. I loved the students (I will never forget any of their names), and the people I worked with were incredible. We became pretty tight-knit.
The turnover at the place was insane. Some people quit within their first hour or two of working on the job! Needless to say, after a year and change I left. 😅
Wow, I AM a business genius! Who knew?
My first job was reshelving books at the library. I learned the Dewey Decimal System (more or less). The job I was probably happiest to leave was the one after that--stocking shelves at the grocery store. So similar, yet so different...