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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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Book Review: Collaborative Worldbuilding For Writers And Gamers

Collaborative Worldbuilding For Writers And Gamers, by Trent Hergenrader This book is interesting on the one hand simply because of its contents, namely because it deals with a subject that is personally fascinating to me as well as something I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dynamic Decision Making In Chess

Dynamic Decision Making In Chess, by Boris Gelfand One of the notable aspects of being a high-ranking chess player is always being able to revise one’s chess history. I once received some criticism for publishing my college essays, it being … Continue reading

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If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

One of the more humorous aspects of life in the contemporary world is the mania that people have for change for the sake of change. There is a widespread belief, and it has been the case for some time, that … Continue reading

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