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About rogertravisjr

Classicist, game critic, game educator.

Symposium and Playversation, 1 April 2021: Marvel Champions: The Card Game

We’ll continue exploring the Fantasy Flight Games cooperative Living Card Game (LCG) as a rogue-like epic occasion on Thursday, with a playversation streamed on my Twitch channel, if I can get it going. Here’s a post-series (follow back from the … Continue reading

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Symposium playversation: Arkham Horror: The Card Game, part 2, 1 December 2020

In my first foray into playversing about AHLCG, I think I managed to make clear how the basic mechanics of the LCG genre provide a fascinating platform for blended linear and emergent storytelling. Above all, the confrontation of player deck … Continue reading

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Symposium Playversation: Arkham Horror: The Card Game, 4 June 2020

I’m fascinated by the co-op LCG genre, so I’ll want to talk about how its mix of deck-building, narrative, and co-op mechanics create its particular style of immersion. When we dabbled in the digital version of Lord of the Rings: … Continue reading

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Symposium Playversation, 5 December 2019: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Can playing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic save civilization? We’re going to find out! We’ll discuss the question on Discord, from several different perspectives, as I play the classic RPG this Thursday at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT. … Continue reading

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Symposium and Playversation: Torment: Tides of Numenera, 11 July 2019

With any luck, we’ll get into the combat tutorial this time around! Come join me as I play through the beginning of Torment: Tides of Numenera on https://www.twitch.tv/8mph1 and let’s discuss the game itself and my performance of it on Discord. When … Continue reading

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Symposium and Playversation: Torment: Tides of Numenera, 7 March 2019

I’m hoping to study RPG immersion through performance in the moment. Come join me as I play through the beginning of Torment: Tides of Numenera on https://www.twitch.tv/8mph1 and let’s discuss the game itself and my performance of it on Discord. Questions I’m … Continue reading

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Symposium, 4 October 2018: Narrative as game–an experiment

As I mentioned at the last symposium, I’m hoping to push forward our conversation around talking about games, stories, and performance with an experimental ruleset. So I’m hoping that before Thursday night (and we’ll take ten minutes to do this … Continue reading

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Symposium, 1 March: Snapchat et al.

More experimental even than my usual fare, this symposium will seek to describe the snapstreak, and Snapchat itself, as performative play practices, and then to extrapolate from there to describe other social media practices in similar terms. The question to … Continue reading

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Symposium 5 October 2017: Tacoma

We had some good preliminary conversation about what exactly we (or anyone) might mean by the term “walking simulator,” in relation to What Remains of Edith Finch. Though the original, pejorative intent behind the phrase seems to me unhelpful, the idea … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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