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The Meaning[lessness?] of Play

I just got back from the Meaningful Play Conference at Michigan State University, which is all about games used for good – education, learning, medical uses, teaching empathy, or providing complex information in an interactive way.  It was well worth attending, and I really appreciate MSU for putting it on.  However, after the conference, I [...]

Thumbnail : The meandering progression of a board game – The City

The meandering progression of a board game – The City

As I was preparing the most recent prototype for play testing this weekend, I began pulling out all of the old versions and thought it would be worth comparing them.  I’ve been working on The City for 9 months now.  One of the original concept has nearly been lost (developing intuition about electricity) and most [...]

Thumbnail : Farewell Faire, Foam, and F@%#ing horn car!

Farewell Faire, Foam, and F@%#ing horn car!

(featured image from Musebrarian via Flickr) Well, the Detroit Maker Faire is over and I had a blast.  Thanks to everyone who played a game at the Open Source Games booth from Austic Labs. I had a fantastic time meeting people, thinking of trivia questions, stacking foam (18 high, my personal best!), and solving big [...]

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First try at Maker Challenge

Detroit Maker Faire was our first attempt at Maker Challenge (see main page for Maker Challenge for a description).  The questions were provided by John Barrie at the Appropriate Technology Collaborative.  The challenges were: How can plastic be recycled on a small, local scale in developing countries instead of ending up in the landfills or [...]

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Crowd Trivia at Detroit Maker Faire

See the Crowd Trivia page for the full rules and concept.  Otherwise, here’s the updates from the Detroit Maker Faire: The Data: We had about 140ish people play 52 different rounds, with about 55ish questions generated by players throughout the day.  Questions ranged from “Who invented the starter?” (Charles Kettering) to “Where’s Dave-o! at 11:30am” (Dave-o! [...]

Thumbnail : Weekend o’ Games at Maker Faire Detroit

Weekend o’ Games at Maker Faire Detroit

This weekend, July 28th and 29th from 9:30 to 6pm, is the Detroit Maker Faire!  I will be there with the following fun games and activities: 1) Crowd Trivia – the trivia game where you can’t lose, and at worst you can only help others win.  You can be great by getting questions right or [...]

Thumbnail : The Cult of Foam by Nick and Colin

The Cult of Foam by Nick and Colin

“I for one welcome our new Overlords… aka our children.” me. right now. Let’s ignore the deplorable state of the US public education system for a minute.  Let’s stop believing that our kids all have ADD, ADHD, Autism (or the spectrum formerly known as Autism) and all sorts of other bad things just for the [...]

Thumbnail : Crowd Trivia at Ann Arbor mini Maker Faire

Crowd Trivia at Ann Arbor mini Maker Faire

BACKGROUND: I admit it – I am data obsessed. I want my data maximized around density, interestingness, and uptakability (yes, beware many made-up words in this post). That means more data, more easily absorbed, that’s more interesting. A crowd of people, especially those at a specific event, is an incredibly data-rich environment, and usually that [...]

Thumbnail : The City at Ann Arbor mini Maker Faire!

The City at Ann Arbor mini Maker Faire!

After 4 play tests, it’s time to take The City out into the world and see what non-board game geeks think – that is, the robot-making nerds. The Ann Arbor mini Maker Faire is coming up on Saturday, June 2nd (this weekend!), and I’ll be there showing off this game as well as a few [...]

Thumbnail : Finished first play test for The City

Finished first play test for The City

Well, it certainly took a while but I finally finished The City prototype enough to play test it.  Walter and Bob sat down with me for about an hour on Sunday at Maker Works and shot my poor game to pieces .  Actually, it was really productive and I’ve now got lots of work to do [...]

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