Dice Games Properly Explained [Book Review]

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I’ve been kind of scattershot about covering games and fun stuff here, but I’m planning to try a Fun Friday feature for a month and see if it’s of any interest. If you like it, give it a share on social media. If the traffic seems to warrant continuing, I will. My first entry is [Read More...]

My Favorite Game of 2014 Was …

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Monument Valley. Monument Valley (Ustwo; iOS/Android: $4) is a small game. It won’t take you long to finish, and it’s not very challenging, but what it offers is such a pure delight that it became my personal favorite game of 2014. Indeed, I would argue that it was the best game published all year, and [Read More...]

A Game for Training Missionaries About Indigenous Cultures

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The World of Playing cards is a terrific site with reproductions of historic cards from around the world. Most recently, they  shared Snapshots: A Missionary Card Game from the Church Mission Society circa 1910. It’s described as a basic set-building game of 48 cards with 12 sets from representing different cultural practices around the world. Each set has four cards, [Read More...]

Bicycle Playing Cards: The WW2 Escape Map Deck

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You’d be surprised just how short is the list of jobs for “expert on games: their history and play.” That I held one for a couple decades (until this past Fall) was a blessing, but it also means I still have plenty of stuff kicking around and nowhere to write about it. So, if I [Read More...]

Snapdragon: A Festive Children’s Game Played With Flaming Food

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Thou art easier swallowed than a flapdragon. Wm. Shakespeare, Love’s Labor’s Lost Since we’re after Halloween but not yet up to Christmas, here’s a weird little bit of folklore and gaming that’s relevant to both. In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, Alice is introduced to various fanciful insects by a gnat the size of [Read More...]

The Great Tree Massacre of Farm Sim 15

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I wrote about the strange little niches of simulation and strategy gaming in Simulating The Mundane, And What It Means. I also noted the appearance of a Street Sweeper simulator, apparently aimed at OCD sufferers who don’t find enough opportunities to make things just right in the real world. Thanks to Rock Paper Shotgun (the last [Read More...]

The Synod on The Family and Technology

The issue of communion for the divorced and remarried has occupied so much attention in the run-up to the Synod on the Family that the many other topics addressed in the working document are being largely ignored. One issue was how technology effects the family, and I addressed it in two pieces: Tech Addiction: Technology & [Read More...]

Two Boys Play Chess: Madness Follows

  Matan Poleg (above left) and Omar Eltigani (right) were paired at the World Youth Chess Championships in South Africa last week. They played a game. Poleg won on the 45th move. Outrage ensued. Denunciations were issued. The Sudanese media couldn’t even bring themselves to mention Matan Poleg’s name. The head of the Sudanese Chess [Read More...]


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