Category Archives: Gaming

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Alea Iacta Est

Somewhat paradoxically, the inspiration for my story in an anthology about the persistence of women was my son. He’s a software engineer and a long-time gamer, originally of card-based games like Magic: the Gathering and later of on-line MMO RPGs … Continue reading

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Summer Obsessions

I have a few weird obsessions that dog my heels all the time. Like I can hardly pass up a tote bag without picking it it up and wanting to take it home. Be it at a store or an … Continue reading

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Yep, Pokemon Go

I’ll assume you already know what Pokemon Go is.  It has invaded our house, but this time it was by my choice, not the boys’. My son Aran (age 19) is autistic and doesn’t like to leave the house, so … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: When the Bough Breaks

(This is the thirteenth installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** For the last two weeks I’ve been talking about trust in RPGs: the trust between a player and a GM, or between … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Pioneer Computer Games Designer

In the 1970s a revolution occurred and, for once (see Free Cornish Army), it was nothing to do with me. The birth of the microcomputer. At first the main interest was in building them – articles and adverts would appear … Continue reading

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How to make the electoral process more interesting

With this week’s elections for the new police commissioners setting a new UK peacetime record for apathy – only 15% of voters turned out and one polling station in Wales had no one turn up to vote at all – … Continue reading

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How to Game Politics

This week I thought I’d delve into my game designing past. Some games start trends, some games spawn imitators and some games are just so strange that no designer can ever go there again. This is a tale about one … Continue reading

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Why You Won’t Catch Me At the Dice

Yesterday, in an essay on SF Signal, Paul Weimer advanced the argument that “there are good reasons, as a connoisseur of fantasy and science fiction, for you to pay attention to roleplaying games.” He says, “Many Fantasy and Science Fiction … Continue reading

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