There is a current Kickstarter project (running through April 13) that I feel is very important. I decided to make a short video about it to help raise awareness of the project.
The project is called Tiny Games, and it is out of a studio in the UK called Hide & Seek. They are developing an app/PDF with hundreds of small games that you play in the physical world with other people.
If you don’t know, I’m now running a research lab called Because Play Matters, where I focus on transformative games for informal learning and the future of gamification. The concept of Play is an important one, and one we don’t do enough in life.
This app/PDF is all about enabling you to play with the people around you. I made a video in support of this campaign. It’s not a paid video, nor did they even ask for this. (they don’t even know I’m doing it!) I just feel this is very important, so I want to help get the word out.
I wanted to first apologize if you had any spam coming your way from this blog. Bad guys found their way in and replaced my RSS feed with their own Web site, so I ended up deleting the whole blog and reintroducing the content.
I will be at PAX East spending most of my time in the tabletop area, so come by and say howdy!
I also went to the Game Developers Conference this year, and presented a series of videos with my thoughts:
No new news on my other board game designs – one company had a contract on my adventure game for 18 months, then canceled the contract and sent it back to me. That was certainly disappointing. Other games are under consideration elsewhere. If I do get news, I’ll post it here!
I’m wrapping up my sabbatical at MIT over the next month or so, then will be heading back to Syracuse.
November 14, 2011 at 5:22 am · Filed under All Posts
I’ve been doing short video reviews for about 6 months and posting them to YouTube. These reviews are filmed during the play of the game, so they are much less polished and usually involve me talking with the players about their impressions of the game.
As part of a charity auction on Board Game Geek for Tom Vasel, I volunteered to create a video (with a silly opening) on the game of the high bidders’ choosing. The winning game was The Republic of Rome.
I’ve posted an auction on Boardgamegeek.com for over 100 board and video games from my collection that closes on May 22. You’re welcome to visit and bid, and if you find the minimum bid too high for you, you can place an offer that I’ll consider!
On a recent episode of CBS Sunday Morning, I was part of a segment on modern board games. I think they did a pretty good job of covering the hobby, despite the “look at the weird people” opening segment showing people in RPG and video game costumes.
March 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm · Filed under All Posts
As I’ve closed down the show, I’ve decided to sell off about 350 of my games (which is about a third of my collection, so I’m not selling everything!) You can find information about the sale at http://tinyurl.com/bgwssale
You can still hear me on the On Board Games podcast. I was particularly happy with Episode 58, where we talked about ideas we are working on as game designers. You can hear that episode at
During the last few months, I’ve been writing about games in two places.
Second – I’ve started a blog on Board Game Geek called “Get Off My Lawn.” This is a very different take about games – I’m taking aspects of games that bother me for some reason and talking about them. My hope is that it will help future designers to see things about their game that might bother some players. This is Grumpy Old Man Nicholson, who has been in the background for years during Board Games with Scott, enjoying his time to grouse about games. You can read these posts over at boardgamegeek.com or get an RSS feed at http://boardgamegeek.com/rss/blog/292
I will be doing a teaching video about Republic of Rome, as that was the winner in the auction for Jack Vasel. I’m reading the rules, but have a play of it on the schedule for later in April, so I expect to work on this video in May.
Finally, I am getting ideas for a “Things I Regret” BGWS video, where I do some of the bits and games that I truly regretted not getting around to for BGWS.