• Archive for August, 2013

    Play My Game – For Science!

    by  • August 26, 2013 • News • Comments Off on Play My Game – For Science!

    As part of my ongoing research, I’m trying to figure out how people learn complex concepts from playing games. Right now, I’m trying to recruit people to help me test my theories. This involves playing a game, reading some short vignettes, choosing explanations for why things happened in the vignettes, and answering a few...

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    Why One Paragraph Isn’t Enough: Reporting Harassment at Gen Con

    by  • August 23, 2013 • People & Events • Comments Off on Why One Paragraph Isn’t Enough: Reporting Harassment at Gen Con

    Many people have already written about The Bell & the Blade’s policy-violating merchandise at Gen Con 2013. The booth, also known for being the “Nazi fanboy” booth, was carrying novelty underwear with slogans in direct violation of Gen Con’s one paragraph anti-harassment policy (outlined here). Two pairs1 in particular were cause for concern: “I could use a...

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    The Media is the Method (and the Message)

    by  • August 21, 2013 • Essays • Comments Off on The Media is the Method (and the Message)

    I like my games long duration,  high context, and personally intense. I like to be gut-punched by my interaction with them, explore difficult subjects, experience catharsis and earn my emotional hangovers. I like complex, nuanced and difficult characters, stories and worlds. And here’s the problem with that: in the last number of years, my...

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    What do I need? – First Tabletop Session

    by  • August 16, 2013 • Essays • 1 Comment

    It’s your first tabletop session! You’ve picked a game and you’re ready to get your friends together to play. But, wait – what kind of supplies do you need to play a tabletop game? Here’s a quick guide to the basic tools for tabletop play. Some of it is dependent on the game, so...

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    Gender and Game Mechanics: Part 2 – Care and Justice Mediation

    by  • August 14, 2013 • Essays • 7 Comments

    This is part two of a series. The previous post can be found here: Gender and Game Mechanics Series: Part 1 – Introduction. Note: The terms “women”, “girls”, “men” and “boys” in the articles of this series are assumed to be inclusive to transgender people who identify as each unless otherwise specified. While I can’t...

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    Larp technique – Post-it notes in the bathroom

    by  • August 12, 2013 • Design & Art • Comments Off on Larp technique – Post-it notes in the bathroom

    This is a  fun and useful technique that can used for most kinds of larps. It is easy to implement and players tend to love it. It is also super simple. You need a pen, and a pile of post-it notes (or a notebook, if it isn’t optimal to stick up post it notes...

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