How to transmediate your Dragon: Dragon Age Redemption

March 11, 2011 ·

Felicia Day is not exactly a name that needs introduction on teh internets. Nor is Bioware. In fact, quite a lot of you can probably guess what I’m going to talk about just from these two names. How many of you are saying ‘oh, Dragon Age’ now? Yes? Oh well done. If you’re not saying […]

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The Persistence of Zombies

February 17, 2011 ·

We are accustomed to the fact that people we saw alive yesterday are still alive today. We remember the living and the recently dead with equal force. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the past is not a locked room that you could open if you just had the right key. You may have seen […]

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Echo Bazaar Inspirations: Fabled Lands

February 15, 2011 ·

It’s not hard to draw a line from Echo Bazaar back to adventure gamebooks. You know the stuff: “You are in the wizards tower. If you go down the clear, well-lit passage that certainly doesn’t contain inescapable death-traps of any sort, turn to paragraph 278 you gullible fool. If you go through the door with […]

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Guest post: Curated Narratives

July 20, 2010 ·

 [This is a guest post by Elizabeth Shoemaker Sampat, who produced the much-admired indie tabletop RPGs Mist-Robed Gate, It’s Complicated and more recently Blowback. Anything Elizabeth says about EBZ below is her own opinion and involved little to no bribery.] My family takes friendly games of charades entirely too seriously. This is to be expected: my […]

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The Fullbright Test

July 18, 2010 ·

This, I like – Fullbright’s post on Legitimizing Violence. A response to the violence-in-games issue which doesn’t reduce to denial or hand-wringing. I think his solution is a good heuristic. You could trim it further: he says ‘an individual with a name and a face’, and then is forced to add a caveat that names […]

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The Decision Gap

July 16, 2010 ·

I used to teach English as a foreign language. Language teaching in the 90s (and now, for all I know) was very big on ‘communication gap exercises’. The idea is: if you’re reciting sentences just to practice the form, you’re not actually using the language for communication, so you don’t engage with it, you don’t […]

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