When Academics Play RPGs

This sample of how a role playing game works made me laugh. Does anyone know what book it is from?   [Read more…]

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Gamification: Sisyphus and Students

This comic from Existential Comics got me thinking about gamification in education. Sometimes tediously repetitive tasks are a necessary part of learning, and in such instances, gamification may offer real help. But sometimes as educators we fail to make the activities themselves more interesting, settling for busy work with no clear purpose. And so let’s [Read More…]

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#GenCon Religion

While there is a Sunday worship service at Gen Con (which I didn’t go to), and on Friday there was a panel about Christianity and gaming, Saturday seems to have been “religion day” at Gen Con this year. There were three sessions dedicated to the topic of religion in gaming and fiction, and I made it to [Read More…]

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#GenCon Selfie with Jesus

Today at Gen Con was mostly spent playing games, a nice change from the two days during which I mostly attended seminars and workshops. I did attend one seminar today, but for the rest decided that playing games with family and friends was a better use of time. One game I played is called Tigris [Read More…]

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#GenCon Thursday

I attended several seminars and similar events today at Gen Con. As a Trade Day participant, I was able to enter the exhibit hall before the crowds. I bought some game books that looked promising for teaching purposes, and debated buying one about the persecution of heretics in the Middle Ages. The salesperson turned out [Read More…]

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Saturday at #GenCon

I spent today at GenCon, and thought I’d share some thoughts and photos. The first thing I went to was a seminar on “Playful Learning in Role Play” led by David Simkins, a professor in the School of Interactive Games and Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The session had elements that were inspiring and [Read More…]

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Settlers of Canaan

OK, so somehow I had missed, until Jeff Carter and Jonathan Bernier drew it to my attention, that there is a game which is an authorized variation on Settlers of Catan, called…Settlers Of Canaan! I will keep an eye out for it at GenCon tomorrow. Of related interest, Minion Games has one called Kingdom of [Read More…]

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From SBL to GenCon

Chris Heard has the honor of being the first person that I know from SBL that I have met at GenCon. We didn't just happen to run into each other, but arranged to meet for lunch. It was great to chat about gaming, Christianity, Biblical studies, and some of the possible ways these might intersect. [Read More…]

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Religion as Carnival Game

This cartoon by David Hayward reminded me of the carnival games which, if you didn’t know it already, tend to be rigged, or at the very least are much more difficult to win than you are led to believe. Religions and their adherents often take advantage of the fact that knowledge about God is elusive, [Read More…]

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#HamOnNye Games

Joel Watts shared this bingo game to play during tonight’s debate: You would obviously need to print versions with the squares in different places, otherwise all players will win at the same time. Joel also suggests a drinking game that will result in your passing out before the debate is over. [Read more…]

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More Photos from #GenCon

Several people asked me to share photos from GenCon, and so here are some more, which I took and thus am not in, illustrating some of the costumes and sights. First, there's Doctor Fett with an Imperial Guard, as two universes collide! Redshirts, a clever idea for a Star Trek game: Balloon Cthulhu: A Jawa [Read More…]

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