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Tell Me A Story

Earlier today I was reading about a role playing game that (in my opinion justly) has come under a lot of fire for creating an unsympathetic main character who is too whiny and entitled and not nearly heroic enough. Perhaps … Continue reading

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More Maneageable Quests

One of the things that has often puzzled me about role playing games and movies is the way that so often the quest is something that is meant to save the world from some sort of existential threat. It is … Continue reading

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A Little Politeness Goes A Long Way

I am generally amused when I am able to see the same set of facts from a variety of perspectives and come to a better judgment of what is going on, and today I found an example that was much … Continue reading

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On The Pitfalls Of Implicit Learning

It has long been recognized that making learning fun and enjoyable is one of the most surefire ways of improving education. Yet although there are a great many games which promote themselves as educational, many of them are less enjoyable … Continue reading

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On The Geopolitics Of Fantasy Games

One of my hobbies is worldbuilding. The creation of imaginary worlds as the material for thought experiments and the like is something that is a good way to better understand the world. When we can understand the effect of the … Continue reading

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The Twelfth One

Texas A&M University is among many football teams that claims that their home fans serve as the all-important twelfth man, thus giving those teams advantages in their games against away opponents. There are a variety of stats that seek to … Continue reading

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Simplification Of Life

There are some people who are hostile to games, but in truth all games are a simplification of life and, viewed the right way, the games we like to play tell us a lot about ourselves and about what we … Continue reading

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The More The Merrier

In continuing the occasional themed articles I write about pinochle, it is worthwhile to note that we were able to fit sixteen people in the pace between the kitchen and dining room, largely thanks to an open floor plan and … Continue reading

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On The Creation Of The Ideal Character

Most of the time when I have played tabletop role-playing games of one edition or another, I have found myself playing a character against type. For example, I have frequently found myself playing half-orc or lizardmen barbarians with a taste … Continue reading

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Not Every Knight Is A White Knight

One of the more frustrating aspects of the contemporary world is the way that behavior which is at least partially laudable is twisted and viewed in a highly negative light. It is not merely that we celebrate bad behavior that … Continue reading

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