Fellowship of Zanoba

Zanoba, like life, is a series of puzzles you must solve to win.

The Fellowship of Zanoba (FoZ) was dreamed up to build on what can be accomplished through the board game by striving to accomplish two goals. The first goal is about you−what you can do individually to be the best that you can be. The second goal is about what you can do as part of a group to leave the world a better place.

Zanoba is not for everyone. The fact that you feel called to invest your time−the most precious asset you have−by making yourself and our world better speaks volumes about the kind of person you are. You are unique. You are special. Our planet needs many more like you.

The First Goal

You might say that the first goal is to improve your quality of life. Regular exercise is vital for every age group. Through it we can acquire the stamina, strength, coordination, energy and strong immune system that allow us to be healthy and enjoy a high quality of life. Whether you are a student, a busy executive or a retiree, the good news is that it doesn’t take that much time or effort to stay in shape. Exercising an hour a day for three or four days a week will usually suffice.

But being healthy requires more than physical exercise. It means moderation in all things−including TV and social media. It means eating responsibly by minimizing fast food and sugars while maximizing natural foods in your diet. It means no drugs−including alcohol and cigarettes−period. It means associating with people who are responsible, honest and positive.It means being engaged in the world around you and sensitive to others, continuing to learn and being informed. It means getting enough sleep and dealing with stress effectively. Our friends the Brits have a saying, “Keep calm and carry on”. That is good advice. These things are hard but think of the FoZ as your support group.

Athletes gain important benefits from participating in sports. They learn self-discipline, to stay calm under pressure, to be a team player and the importance of building relationships. When you were a student, maybe you didn’t compete in sports such as basketball or soccer because you weren’t strong enough, fast enough, big enough or coordinated enough.

When you compete in the Zanoba competition system as a team player, those attributes don’t matter. When you are raising a family or pursuing a career, being physically strong, big, or fast don’t matter; it’s brains and social skills that count. Zanoba can be a great social outlet too.

Whether you are young or old, Zanoba can help improve and maintain mental capabilities such as critical-thinking and decision-making skills. We have to exercise our brains just like we do our bodies if we are to stay sharp mentally and prevent mental decline as we age. Three 30-minute games of Zanoba per week may help retain our cognitive abilities while providing a rewarding social context for our lives as well.

When you see your avatar and rank displayed on the Zanoba website for all the world to see, that recognition helps build self-esteem and confidence. When you have other people around you who recognize you for being good at something, it makes you feel better about yourself. This is especially important for young people who are in the developmental stages of life. Higher self-esteem helps make friends, and gives you the confidence to deal with a rapidly changing world.

The Second Goal: A Call to Arms

You might say that the second goal is working together to make the world a better place.  A major part of the Zanoba effort is dedicated to founding a fellowship of like-minded people who are not content to sit by passively and idly while our planet deteriorates and human kind is endangered. Our planet’s resources are not infinite. 

As a member of the FoZ, you will be empowered by working together to solve the serious threats to humankind that we face because of the irresponsible and selfish actions of short-sighted individuals, corporations and nations. This age of unprecedented change in which you live requires that you stay informed and focused on setting goals, no matter how modest, that will allow you to make a positive contribution toward the improvement of life for all human kind.  This is not a partisan issue; it is a matter of survival.

By belonging to the FoZ, you can develop a sense of community that helps build self-esteem and thus self-confidence. By learning to function well under pressure, players can become better at sticking to deadlines and working in stressful situations.


A billion dollars would be equal to 1,000 million dollar bills if there were bills of that denomination. As of January 4, 2018, there were 585 billionaires in the U.S. Most billionaires are quite happy to keep piling up more money than they can ever spend in a sort of macho competition to see who is the wealthiest. But in 2010, something unusual happened.

That year Bill and Melinda Gates, worth $88.5 billion, and Warren Buffett, worth $74.2 billion created the Giving Pledge as a commitment by wealthy individuals and families to give away at least half of their vast wealth to philanthropic causes either during their lifetime or through their wills or trusts. Causes include poverty alleviation, refugee aid, disaster relief, global health, education, women and girls' empowerment, medical research, arts and culture, criminal justice reform and environmental sustainability.

In June of 2017, there were 168 U.S. billionaires who signed the pledge which today includes 190 of the world’s wealthiest individuals, couples, and families from 22 countries. It is a bold effort to help address society’s most pressing problems by inviting the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to ante up.

In Anne Grete Eidsvig and Kjell Inge Røkke’s pledge letter, they wrote, “As the lucky ones in life, we have been given much, sacrificed little and gained a lot. It is a true privilege for our family to reconfirm our commitment to give back by joining The Giving Pledge.

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Although Dolly Parton grew up poor in Sevier County in east Tennessee, her dream was “. . . to make as many people happy as I could in this life.” She became a successful actress, writer, business woman and singer who has sold millions of records in her long career. Throughout her life she has remained humble and grounded in her faith and family. And she is still loyal to her roots: over the years the businesses she has founded in Sevier County have provided jobs for thousands of locals.

It just may be, however, that her most important achievement is putting many millions of books into the hands of children to help them learn to read. Her Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books each month to children each month from birth up until five years old. As of March 2019, 117 million books had been mailed to children.

Parton launched her program in 1995 as a tribute to her father because he and his 11 brother and sisters didn't get the opportunity to go to school. She believes that although her father was a smart man his inability to read probably kept him from fulfilling all of his dreams. Dolly’s program has undoubtedly helped countless children achieve their dreams as adults.

From Dolly’s personal website  dollyparton.com  and her Imagination library website: imaginationlibrary.com



Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
–Napoleon Hill
We become what we think about.
–Earl Nightingale
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
–Henry Ford
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
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