We’re running Board Game Jam again this year and we’re super-excited about it because we have room for even more jammers!
Like the previous two years, early bird tickets are $15, and available until Wednesday February 6. After that, late bird tickets are $20. Get them here! As before, all ticket sales go towards purchasing a cornocupia of supplies, and other fun thing
You can check out media coverage of previous years here:
The Toronto Star – Board Game creators compete tech-free at Board Game Jam
Torontoist – Battle of the Boards
BlogTO – The choose your own adventure of board games
You can buy your tickets over at Eventbrite!
January 31st, 2013 by Adam
A writer at Ars went to a Live Action Role Playing (LARP) event and wrote about in an article aptly titled Game of foam. The event in question was run by Darkon
The LARP group has already been covered in a movie:
In the article, the author provides some great insight into the LARPing community and why this style of game play is captivating to a growing number of people.
“Video games, they’re fun—but I like creating my own fun,” said one Darkonian I met hours later, after parking the minivan and unloading our gear. He identified himself as Warboss Gutsmangle, leader of the Darkon orc nation known as Waaagh Gutsmangle. “Nothing against video games, but I can come up with better things than programmers for my character to do, and being able to have this sort of limitless role-play opportunity appeals to me more.”
The questions most programmers ask (in fact most people ask) how do they track damage. The answer is rather simple and makes sense, as long as you aren’t playing with jerks who’d lie about hits:
Weapons have color-coded damage associated with each class: cutting weapons (swords) are white or black, thrusting and piercing weapons (arrows, daggers, spears) are red, and blunt-damage weapons (maces, flails, staves) are coded yellow. Each color causes a certain kind of damage depending on where it lands on the body and how many times one has already been hit. Those who have been around long enough to rate wearing armor have to do mental math to track the damage their armor takes on each part of their body before they lose a limb or drop dead on the field. The dead go to Hades (off the field) and respawn for the next round, or they can be healed or resurrected on the field by someone with those powers.
Interested in trying out a LARP event in the Toronto area? Check out Epoch and Underworld LARP.
January 28th, 2013 by Adam
I’ve mentioned user experience (UX) before and now there’s another term to be aware of: customer experience (CX). The main reason I think this is noteworthy is that often UX and CX are the same thing; this is particularly true as to when the experience starts.
The best approach to crafting a good experience starts before the experience proper.
Here’s a post from CX Journey blog that captures this approach:
January 25th, 2013 by Adam
he customer’s experience doesn’t start when the salesperson comes calling or when your customer first purchases your product. The customer experience begins long before that, when the customer realizes he has a need. By the time you try to sell something to him, it’s too late.
If you take a look at the customer experience lifecycle that I depicted in a previous post, you’ll see that the lifecycle begins when the Need arises. That Need begets Awareness (sometimes it comes after Awareness). If you’re communicating, if you’re getting the word out (through messaging and through actions) about who your company is, what your products do, how your services differ, what value you bring, what needs you meet or problems you solve, and, most importantly, what you stand for, your customers will never recite the words from the Man in the Chair.
In this news segment the BBC notes that one senior plays games for fun and for something to keep her brain going: ‘Computer games keep me mentally active‘
Using games for this purpose is not new, but it is gainging in popularity. RealAge writes in response to a question about how to keep mentally active that there is now research in ways that games can help seniors:
It’s no wonder the National Science Foundation is putting $1.2 million into a four-year study to investigate if and how video games slow cognitive decline. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also pledged $8.5 million to study the impact of video games on everything from Alzheimer’s disease to driving skills.
So play games and stay young
January 23rd, 2013 by Adam
Want to know more about massively multiplayer online (MMO) games? Of course you do! Here’s a fun infographic about the current state of the world of MMOs.
January 21st, 2013 by Adam