6th May 2014

Technologies and game mechanics – a tentative first draft

At the moment, my absolute favourite game in the whole world in “Castle Dice”.  I bought it about a month ago and I don’t think I can count the number of times we’ve played it since then.  Kids love it.  […]


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30th April 2014

Game Design – Lenses #12 and #7

Yesterday’s work on clarifying what experiences I want the participants in my game to have means that I now have a reasonably clear problem statement from which to start my development of a game which will bring about those experiences. […]


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29th April 2014

Nothing is irrevocable

Nearly all the other business learning games I have played have involved teams competing by doing exactly the same thing as each other.  By that I mean that they start in the same position and are carrying out identical activities […]


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28th April 2014

Kicking back – how it worked out for me.

So – here I am at the beginning of a new working week, following my three day ‘holiday’ last week.  Except it wasn’t really a holiday.  It was a serious attempt to unblock myself, after weeks of struggling trying to […]


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25th April 2014

Villa Noir – Charmed School – The Game

Villa Noir is an exclusive finishing school with stunning views of Lake Geneva, but it is a troubled place.  Strange goings-on  and terrifying nocturnal noises are regular occurences here and several girls have been removed from the school because of […]


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25th April 2014

A haunted finishing school??

Today’s Boardgamizer Challenge emerged as follows: Mechanic  – Roll and move, Action point allowance system Theme – Ladies, Haunted building, Conspiracy Victory – Be the quickest Constraint – Must have cards with a secret goal Very pleased to see ‘Action […]


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24th April 2014

The Research Express

The Boardgamizer Challenge went well yesterday, so I decided to give it another go today.  This one felt a lot more difficult.  I really struggled to come up with something, and to be honest, I’m not as pleased with this […]


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24th April 2014

Another challenge

This is the rambling stream of consciousness part.  If you are not interested in the roundabout process by which the game came about you can skip this and just read the blog post which gives the game outline and rules […]


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23rd April 2014

‘Orrible Murder – The Game

I’ve been feeling a bit stuck recently – working on a game, but not really feeling like I’m getting anywhere – but yesterday I discovered the Boardgamizer Fitness Challenge at boardgamizer.com/fitness_challenge.  So I thought I’d give it a go.  It worked […]


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28th October 2013

Mrs K and teaching vs learning

The death of Marcia Wallace, the voice of Mrs Krabappel, means that Bart Simpson will presumably be getting a new teacher.  This got me thinking about the different classroom experiences, good and bad, that I have had, both as a […]


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