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…]

Gaming in Education

Here are two videos of the lunchtime talk about gamification in higher education that I and two colleagues gave last Friday. One was made with a video camera in the room, the other using Panopto screen capture.   [Read more…]

Myths and Costumes

The blog Pictoral Theology shared the above cartoon. The title of the post aptly made reference to Jesus’ words about commenting on the “mote” (or speck or splinter) in someone else’s eye, while having a beam or plank in one’s own. I am sorry to be missing Gen Con this year, which takes place this [Read More…]

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…]

#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…]

#GenCon 2015 Costumes

  Since Saturday is the day of the costume parade and contest, I decided to dress as the Fourth Doctor and show off the scarf my wife made. Here are some photos from the day:   [Read more…]

#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…]

#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…]

#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…]