Symposium: The Forgotten City, July 7, 2022

For our July symposium, we’re discussing The Forgotten City. I’d like to relate that to our recent discussion of time loop games, and in particular to talk about the game’s affordances for that sort of puzzle. And talking about Roman stuff is always good, too.

The usual time and place: 8:30pm EDT / 7:30pm CDT / 5:30pm PDT, voice chat on Discord.

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Gaming Session: LotR Card Game, June 23, 2022

We’ll try to make more progress escaping from Moria this Thursday.

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Gaming Session: LotR Card Game, June 16, 2022

We’ll play the LotR Card game on Thursday; I think the plan is to try to escape from Moria again? At least hopefully we will; I’m on my iPad, we’ll see how well DragnCards works there. (I do have a keyboard connected to it, at least.) And I’ve just finished rereading the books, so at least I’m more caught up on my lore now….

8:30pm EDT / 7:30 CDT / 5:30 PDT.

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Symposium, June 2nd – Majora’s Mask

Like a Groundhog Day gone wrong, we will relive and relearn the recurring nightmare of Termina in Majora’s Mask and explore just how far one of gaming’s most beloved franchises is willing to dive into existential despair.

It’s dangerous to go alone, so we will meet on Thursday at 8:30 EDT / 7:30 CDT / 5:30 PDT, with voice chat over Discord.

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Gaming Session: The Lord of the Rings Card Game,  May 26, 2022

More Lord of the Rings Card Game this month. I think the plan is to take another swing at the third Moria battle; we failed miserably at it last month, maybe we’ll do better this time? (Probably not, though…)

Voice chat over Discord, gameplay on Dragncards, 8:30pm EDT / 7:30pm CDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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Symposium 5 May 2022: Elden Ring

Really I just want to hear everyone else talk about any/all of the following:

  • What specific characteristics of the game set it up for discussion as “the greatest video game of all time”?
  • Is the lore intentionally impenetrable? What comparisons can we make with the lore of other storyworlds and/or on other platforms?
  • What are the affordances of the game for various kinds of player-performers?
  • What role does virtuosity play in the discourse of the game and around the game, and/or in the performances of individual player-performers (and kinds of player-performers)?
  • What characteristics does it share with Flip Flop Solitaire, Paradise Lost, jazz, Spelunky, and the Platonic Form of the Living Card Game?

We’ll meet at the usual time: Thursday at 8:30pm EST / 7:30pm CST / 5:30pm PST.

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Gaming Session: The Lord of the Rings Card Game, April 28, 2022

More Lord of the Rings this week; I think our plan is to keep going in Moria? 8:30pm PDT / 7:30 CDT / 5:30 PDT, voice chat on Discord, gameplay on Dragncards.

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Gaming Session: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, April 14, 2022

Our LotR game fell through last Thursday, so we’ll try again this Thursday. (Voice chat over Discord at 8:30pm EDT / 7:30pm CDT / 5:30pm PDT, game play on DragnCards.)

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Gaming Session: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, April 7, 2022

We made it partway through the second Moria mission on Thursday, ending with a glorious defeat of a cave troll; we’ll continue our quest this coming Thursday as well. (Voice chat over Discord at 8:30pm EDT / 7:30pm CDT / 5:30pm PDT, game play on DragnCards.)

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Gaming Session: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, March 31, 2022

We’re continuing our exploration of Moria in the Lord of the Rings card game. Thursday at 8:30pm EST / 7:30pm CST / 5:30pm PST, voice chat over Discord, gameplay on DragnCards.

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