Addiction and Subtraction

The Game That Breaks Bad Habits

At Last – A Game That Makes Quitting a Bad Habit Fun


“The Only Difference Between Those Who Have Failed And Those Who Have Succeeded Lies In The Difference Of Their Habits.” ~ Og Mandino

Addiction and Subtraction is the remarkable new game designed to help you beat bad habits, addictions and drive away negative thoughts. The game consists of 34 habit-busting cards, one “My Future Self” card and a “Trigger Tracker” to identify and stop urges cold.

Addiction and Subtraction

  • Gives you actionable alternatives to your bad habits and addictions
  • Replaces destructive behaviours with positive behaviours
  • It’s motivating. You try and beat your last streak
  • Saves you money and your health


Try the game immediately when you purchase the poker sized Addiction and Subtraction card deck from The Game Crafter today. You are worth it.

Our character is basically a composite of our habits. ~ Stephen R. Covey

To Break Bad Habits, Be The Lion


Breaking bad habits and achieving personal goals can be tough,  with distraction being such a powerful enemy and attention being the currency of the web.

I’m reminded of the analogy Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein used in the book Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate when speaking about staying focused and centered in our lives.

They wrote how a plastic bone could easily distract a small barking dog. Hurl the bone in another direction and the dog instantly scrambles after the fake plastic bone.

Unfortunately, that dog describes many of us when trying to lose weight or rid ourselves of an addiction.


If a lion is focused on you, and you throw a plastic bone (or even a real top loin steak) in another direction, his stare will stay locked on you.  The lion cannot be easily distracted.

If it’s you he wants. It’s you he will have.

So remember the lion the next time you feel the temptation to change course or abandon a goal.

Never take your eyes off the prize.  Be the lion.

Addiction and Subtraction is available as a printable PDF for the introductory price of $10.00. The glossy playing cards from The Game Crafter are $15.99.


Filthy or Favorable, You Are Your Habits. Every One Of Them

Bad Habit. Photo by Adam Smith jr

Whatever we have done with our lives makes us what we are when we die. And everything, absolutely everything, counts. –Sogyal Rinpoche

Think back to the goals you set for this year, or last. Did you get it done? Did you form positive new habits? If you’re like most people, your bottom lip protruded a little further as you pensively considered your failures.

So let’s step out of that rut, and here’s the good news. You can create the habits that you want to, and it doesn’t have to be hard.

Good habits can be established in two or three days

Have you heard that “it takes 21 days to establish a new habit?” It’s been quoted so many times that everyone believes it, but it’s not true. Think about when you started a new job. How many days did it take before you could get there without thinking about the route? Before you started entering the building the exact same way, before you had your routine down pat? It didn’t take you 21 days; it probably took you two or three days.

How did you establish the habit so quickly? Because you were concentrating, because it was important to you, because you had to do it, and, most important, because there was a sequence. First you got up, then you got dressed, then you traveled to your work place, then you went into the building, etc. You did it in order.

If you want to establish a new habit, make it sequential. Hook it to an existing habit. If you want to exercise every day, for example, do it right after you brush your teeth in the morning. Do this for a couple days and it becomes automatic. And if you happen to forget, you’ll have this nagging “what did I forget to do?” feeling. It’s uncomfortable, uncomfortable enough to do your exercise just to make the feeling go away.

You don’t have habits — you are habits

Observe some strangers. Look at the big guy with the muscles. Do you think he has a habit of making excuses whenever it’s time to hit the gym? How about the lady who’s comfortably retired? Does she have a habit of maxing out her credit cards?

Lifelong habits write themselves upon your body and upon your circumstances. They make you what you are. You don’t have habits. You are your habits.

What is a habit, anyway?

A habit is something you do under certain circumstances without having to make a conscious decision. They are behaviors based on a decision that you have already made.

We couldn’t function if we had to make a decision every time we took an action. “Oh, I’m eating. Shall I take another bite now? Should I swallow what’s in my mouth first? Should I splatter these mashed potatoes against the wall?” We don’t do that. We establish our routine and we stick with it. Maybe 90% of what we do is habitual, from how we walk to the posture we use while typing at the computer. We couldn’t function otherwise.

Good habits give you momentum:. They propel you to do things without your having to waste energy making a decision. Like brushing your teeth every night before going to bed, or getting up in the morning and going to work.

Every day we reinforce our habits, whether they are good or bad. We create our habits and they create us. Every day of the year.

Addiction and Subtraction is available as a printable PDF for the introductory price of $10.00. The glossy playing cards from The Game Crafter are $15.99.

The Stalling Tactic That Could Save Your Life


I once went to a church where a fiery Scotsman with a bald head and handlebar mustache would often share his misadventures with alcohol abuse.

Mind you, Bill hadn’t touched the stuff in twenty years, but he claimed he would always be an alcoholic. An alcoholic who didn’t drink anymore.

That last statement makes sense when you find out how he quit.

It began when Bill decided to delay his first drink of whisky until noon. When noon arrived, he sat down at the kitchen table, poured himself a double and stared at the glass.

No. He he wasn’t going to have it now. He would wait an hour. If in one hour he still wanted the drink, he could have it then.

The hour came and went. Bill was busy with errands around the house and hardly noticed. When supper time arrived, he washed down his meal with a glass of water. If he wanted whisky, he could have a glass in one more hour.

When that hour elapsed, Bill decided he could wait another hour. Sure, he wanted a drink. And he COULD have a drink (or two if he wanted), but in one hour.

When that hour came and went, he decided to go to bed. He could have a drink tomorrow.

The next day he continued the same stalling tactic. When time came to drink, he pushed himself to go one more hour.

Twenty years later and Bill still hasn’t had a drink. He kicked his coffee addiction the same way.

Addiction and Subtraction works much the same way. Each card is an alternative to the addiction. It’s a stalling tactic, but the game also replaces your destructive behavior with something better.

Try it. See how many cards you can play before giving in to the habit or addiction. If it was only three cards last time, can you extend your streak to four? Can you keep stalling until the craving is no longer there?

Addiction and Subtraction is available as a printable PDF for the introductory price of $10.00. The glossy playing cards from The Game Crafter are $15.99.

It’s a deal you don’t want to stall on.