The Canon’s Blurry Edges

First, I hope you all saw that Canon: The Card Game was featured in the online periodical Christian Today. I thought the author, Joseph Hartropp, did a fantastic job of conveying the essence of the game and the things that led to its creation. Before that, Doug Chaplin shared thoughts on the canon’s blurry edges. The things he [Read More…]

The History of D&D (and G&G)

Rise of the Dungeon Master is above all else a history of Dungeons and Dragons in graphic novel/comic book form. But it is also a biography of Gary Gygax, and includes important moments in the history of Gen Con – although I am shocked that it did not mention Indianapolis! The book includes the true story behind the [Read More…]

Heroes of the Bible

I recently learned of the existence of a “Heroes of the Bible” expansion for the game Mare Nostrum: Empires by Academy Games. There is more information on the Academy Games website, as well as Board Game Geek. Have any of you played this game, whether the Bible form or any other? The inclusion of Bible [Read More…]

Games about the Ancient World

As I gear up to present Canon: The Card Game to game companies at Gen Con in August, I’ve been looking up more information about a variety of companies. If you have played Canon and have suggestions about companies that you think would be a good fit, please do let me know! One company that came [Read More…]

New Canon Deck Available: Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

A while back, Jim Davila asked whether the card game included certain extracanonical Jewish texts, and I told him that if he gave me a list, I could make a deck with whatever works he wishes. Some of the ones he mentioned were already in the Old Testament/Jewish Bible deck, and so he substituted a few [Read More…]

#Gamification at #CanvasCon

One of my favorite sessions at CanvasCon was about video games and learning. Many of the points made are ones that I also make regularly when I explain my passion for gamification. The talk was by Matt Brenner, whose Twitter handle @levelupteacher is just perfect. The talk began by asking those in the audience to [Read More…]

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Why Canon the Card Game is Necessary

A recent post on the blog “History for Atheists” (which critiqued the meme above) highlights the reason why I felt the need to develop Canon: The Card Game: there is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation on the subject. The challenge for a professor teaching a one-semester course on the Bible is when and how to cover [Read More…]

What’s on Your Gen Con Event Wish List?

The program for Gen Con was made available online on Sunday. That means that you can search for keywords such as “gamification,” “education,” or “McGrath and find the session that my Butler University colleagues and I are hosting.  I was somewhat dismayed to see that they have scheduled a session about using games to teach [Read More…]

Gamification in Higher Education (Including Canon: The Card Game) at Gen Con 2017

I am delighted to announce that I will be presenting at Gen Con’s Trade Day for the first time this year, together with two of my colleagues. We have a two hour session planned, the first half of which will be presentations and discussions about our experience with gamification at a variety of levels in [Read More…]

Canon and AARCon at #aarsbl17

April 29th is apparently Tabletop Day, and so this seems as good a time as any to share this somewhat overdue piece of information. I received notification a while back that I’ve had a paper accepted for SBL 2017 in Boston. The title is “Can the Dynamics of Canon Formation be Replicated through Game Mechanics? An [Read More…]