Author Archives: David Carlton

Gaming Session: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, January 27, 2022

We’ve been enjoying talking about the Lord of the Rings card game recently, and we think that Dragncards should let us play together online, so we’re going to try that out. The regular time: Thursday at 8:30pm EST / 7:30pm … Continue reading

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Symposium, October 7, 2021: Bowser’s Fury

In this month’s Symposium we’ll be discussing Bowser’s Fury. Some topics I’d like to hit on: This is the first Mario game to go all-in on being an open world; that both to broader trends but also has points in … Continue reading

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Symposium: Eastshade, May 6, 2021

For the May Symposium, we’re talking about Eastshade. The main topic that I want to discuss is what Eastshade has to say about genre conventions: it’s an open-world game, but one without combat, and it differs from open-world conventions in … Continue reading

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Symposium: Good Sudoku, January 7, 2021

For our first Symposium of 2021, we’re going to talk about Good Sudoku. Specifically, I’m interested in talking about how Good Sudoku tackles the question of developing skills necessary to successfully navigate a game’s procedurally generated terrain, by providing affordances … Continue reading

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Gaming Session: Farewell to Minecraft, December 31, 2020

We’ve been building on our current Minecraft server pretty much monthly since December 2010; it’s been a good decade, but our energy levels are flagging a bit, so we’ve decided to declare victory. The saved data isn’t going anywhere, so … Continue reading

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, November 19, 2020

Because of Thanksgiving, we’re moving Minecraft up a week, so we’ll do it this Thursday. Usual time: 8:30 EST / 7:30 CST / 5:30 PST.

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, October 29, 2020

Minecraft this week! Thursday at 8:30 EDT / 7:30 CDT / 5:30 PDT.

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, September 24, 2020

Minecraft on Thursday! 8:30pm EDT / 7:30pm CDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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Symposium: Death Stranding, September 3, 2020

We’re talking about Death Stranding this month; I’ll be leading the discussion. I’d like to explore the pleasures of traversal, building, and helping. ¬†And I’d like to explore what it means for a game to be so very much its … Continue reading

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, August 27, 2020

Minecraft this Thursday! 8:30 EDT, 7:30 CDT, 5:30 PDT.

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