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…]

Forgery, Canon, and Digital Humanities at #AARSBL17

The Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion conferences in November have their schedules available at least in draft form, and so I thought I would share a little about the sessions that I am involved in. I’ll be talking about the making of Canon: The Card Game viewed through the lens of the [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

Canon in the UK

Thanks to Meredith Warren for introducing students in Sheffield, England to Canon: The Card Game! Here are some photos from the class, which I understand enjoyed the experience immensely – as well as having interesting conversations relevant to the course. I understand that one student took it upon themselves to play as Marcion – an interesting [Read More…]

Changing Canons: Bible, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter

The subject of canon in sci-fi and Biblical studies isn’t just something I’ve created a card game to explore. It is the focus of a chapter in my forthcoming book, Theology and Science Fiction, in the Cascade Companions series. The publisher, Wipf & Stock, shared the following sneak peak from the book: The subject has been [Read More…]

Augmented Reality Electronic Canon Game?

The Canon card game is barely released, and Jim Davila is already suggesting that there should be an augmented reality digital version. I’d be delighted, personally, if the game I designed led to people getting exercise. A Facebook commenter came up with the perfect name for the new edition of the game, if I ever [Read More…]

Canon: The Card Game is NOW AVAILABLE!

Canon: The Card Game is now available for purchase! There are currently three decks available: The Fandom Edition Deck 1 The New Testament Edition Deck 1 The Old Testament Edition Deck 1 If you click through to the Game Crafter website using any of the above links, you will be able to download the rules, [Read More…]

Playing Canon in Class

Canon: The Card Game has gone from being an idea, to a clear concept, to a game with printed cards, and most recently, to a game I’ve played in two settings: my Sunday school class at church, and then with the students in my Religion and Science Fiction class. The video above incorporates video and [Read More…]

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