Qi

We live in an age unlike others, when more people outside of China have at least heard of concepts like qi. But it is not a result of greater religious or cultural education. It is a result of Words With Friends. Qi is a concept that one really ought to have heard about anyway. It [Read More…]

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Gaming in Ancient Israel

The Israel Antiquities Authority has an interesting piece on their website about ancient games, some of which have survived down to the present day not only in the Middle East but beyond, such as Mancala!   [Read more…]

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Archaeology Gaming

Via The Dice Tower, I learned of this archaeology game: It seems to me that either the game as it exists, or a variation on it, could have some pedagogical value. At GenCon last year, I participated in a game demonstration simulating excavation of prehistoric human fossils and artifacts. Thoughts? Have any professors of archaeology [Read More…]

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Gaming Thiessen Polygons

I am pretty sure I am the only person who has ever brought along William Dever’s book The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel: When Archaeology and the Bible Intersect to read at Gen Con. There was in fact a good rationale – as I mentioned previously, I have been trying to think of [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 2015 Trade Day

Today I attended Trade Day at Gen Con for the first time. There were a lot of interesting presentations which focused on the intersection of education and gaming. The first morning session discussed ways that games may be used in non-meaningful ways in education, and how to make the game element meaningful by ensuring that [Read More…]

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The Importance of Theology and Science Fiction

This round-up of posts began when W. David O. Taylor shared his syllabus for an independent study about theology and science fiction. My own thoughts are turning to this very intersection of subjects, as one of my sabbatical projects is a short volume on theology and sci-fi. Then, Russell McCutcheon blogged about the AAR draft statement [Read More…]

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Trade Day at #GenCon (Gaming and Education)

Gen Con will be taking place at the end of July, and this year I’ll be attending Trade Day, the day before the activities most gamers are interested in. That day includes a large number of sessions aimed at educators. I was quite astounded by the sheer number of them, so many overlapping sessions that one has to choose [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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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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