Gaming Session: Minecraft, April 27, 2017

Minecraft this Thursday, at our new time of 8:30 EDT / 5:30 PDT.

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Symposium, 6 April: Narrative in strategy games

Hopefully, we can generate an aphorism or two about the intersection of emergent play in a historically-inflected possibility-space and story-telling. I’m thinking we’ll use the Civ series as our touchstone, but I don’t want to be restrictive.

8:30 Eastern, 5:30 Pacific, over Skype.

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, March 30, 2017

Minecraft this Thursday! At the new standard time: 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PST.

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Symposium: Darkest Dungeon, March 2


We didn’t manage to have our February Symposium on Darkest Dungeon as scheduled, so we postponed it until March: we’ll instead meet again this week (March 2nd), at the new time of 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST.  See Steve’s earlier post for some potential points of discussion.

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, February 16, 2017


We’re doing Minecraft a week early this month.  And we’re moving up our start time by an hour (and this is an ongoing change going forward): 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST.

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Symposium, February 5th: Darkest Dungeon


Our past explorations of procedural generation have confronted the tensions between design of the unknown and its representation. For Spelunky to live, death had to lose its way in the winding tunnels, while the more procedural whims of King of Dragon Pass could only be left as whispers of barbarian gods.

In Darkest Dungeon, the unknowable becomes the unthinkable, an ostinato of Lovecraftian terror that taxes the player as much as the characters that they lead into the darkness. Much of the conversation surrounding this game has centered on the human cost, the stresses and quirks that the characters accumulate as they try to survive their adventures as well as the quiet respite that follows them. But is it possible that the dungeon itself is a better metaphor for the unthinkable than the scars that it leaves upon its travelers?

We’ll meet to explore the horrors of the unknown on Thursday, February 5th at 9:30pm EDT / 6:30pm PDT on voice chat over our venerable Skype chat, opulent and imperial.

Supplemental material:

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, January 22, 2017


Minecraft this Thursday! 9:30pm EST / 6:30pm PST.

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