After my wife finished Kirby and the Forgotten Land, we needed more cute video games in our lives. So she found the older title of Yoshi’s Crafted World.
Friday, April 29, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
After I kept seeing multiple students reading Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (and I’m going to call it just Demon Slayer from here on out), I finally asked one what was so special about the manga. I was told that they really liked the character development.
Monday, April 25, 2022
One thing that has changed in my experiences with design contests as that I have to make sure I download any files I want to look at before the contest is over.
Friday, April 22, 2022
I had the opportunity to teach a fifth grade class 13 Sheep and run through a couple games of it with them. And I took that opportunity because I love teaching games :)Honestly, unless it’s built into the syllabus, there’s not much call for teaching board games as a substitute teacher. Keeping the kids focused and on task is the job. And if games get to be on the lesson plan, they need to be for education, not distraction.
Trust me, I haven’t seen a class yet that needs help being distracted.
13 Sheep is one of the simplest Roll and Write games that I know of that I still think offers interesting choices. It also follows the Take it Easy paradigm of everyone doing their own thing on their own board. That meant I could have an entire class room playing the same game at the same time.
While I supplied the game and the teaching, the teacher who I was helping supplied the structure. In addition to critical thinking, which 13 Sheep definitely has going on, he wanted the kids to look at emergent behavior. Really, more their own behavior than anything else :)
This involved having them examine the game sheet before telling them any of the rules. This also involved playing more than one game (which wasn’t hard, even under the circumstances) and unpacking what they learned from each game.
Honestly, I probably learned more than the kids from the experience. Obviously, there are some games that have an obvious educational slant. The 10 Days series reaching geography as one obvious example. However, I already thought that using games to help critical thinking and judgement was a good idea. And this one session helped me consider how to approach that.
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Johnathan Livingston Seagull fits into a category of books that I think of as ‘the lazy high school book report book’
Monday, April 18, 2022
As of me writing this, Disney+ is now halfway through their MCU version of Moon Knight. And it is abundantly clear that,’even more so than WandaVision, I’m going to have to actually see it all the way through to see what they are actually trying to do.
Friday, April 15, 2022
One of the dangers of years of playing D&D (or probably a bunch of other games) is the urge to figure out what the class and level of a fictional character would be. I remember watching Brotherhood of the Wolf with gaming buddies and we were constantly adjusting our stats of Fronsac as we watched.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Thanks to Humble Bundle, I have discovered a publisher called Boss Fight Books that specializes in popular histories of video games.
Monday, April 11, 2022
I’ve brought up the concept of optimal play, recently. Which brings up two points: Is it desirable and is it possible?
Friday, April 8, 2022
I haven’t played Rat Hot that much but it’s one that I find myself referring back to a lot in my head.
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
To gamers of a certain age, Catan is ubiquitous with entering the hobby. I don’t think that’s the case anymore. I think the options have grown so much greater that no single game draws people in.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
I recently commented on how Reiner Knizia slipped off the top 100 games and how Tigris and Euphrates then climbed back up. Probably due to the uproar of it falling off the top 100.
Monday, April 4, 2022
When I looked back at February, I was surprised at how much gaming I got in since it was a busy month. Well, March ended up being a month where gaming took a back seat. Knew there were going to be some.
Friday, April 1, 2022
Time to write about my PnP projects from March. This is what I made made last month:
Bury Me in the Rift
Apex Barrel (2021 9-Card Characters)
Ceramicus (2022 9-Card Contest)