The Benefits of Paper Prototypes in Games and Learning | MindShift

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Because paper-based games seem readily easy to make and modify, I wanted to learn more about the process. In August 2013 I had the opportunity to playtest a nondigital game called Socratic Smackdown. It is an “energetic discussion-based humanities game” called Socratic Smackdown (Institute of Play, 2014). Teams of four or six students engage in a gamified Socratic discussion. Textual evidence must be made to support claims. The game builds argumentative thinking skills—a Common Core State Standard for English language arts. Mission Lab at the Quest to Learn school designed the game in collaboration with teacher Rebecca Grodner. She even used it for her school’s “boss level” (end of trimester challenge) as a method for discussing dystopian novels in small reading groups. The rules were changed, with limits restricting what students could do or say. The remix was dubbed Socratic Crackdown, and hosted by Grodner dressed as the Hunger Games’s Effie Trinket. I was curious about how Mission Lab designed game-like learning experiences.

via The Benefits of Paper Prototypes in Games and Learning | MindShift.

Lego Dimensions transports your bricks and Minifigs into a video game

Lego Dimensions transports your bricks and Minifigs into a video game.

If there was any doubt that video games that allow kids to bring their physical toys into the actual game were more than just a fad, Lego and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are joining the likes of Nintendo’s amiibo, Disney’s Infinity, and Spin Master’s Sick Bricks with its new Lego Dimensions game for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U.

10 Great Games for TableTop Beginners | Geek and Sundry

10 Great Games for TableTop Beginners | Geek and Sundry.

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Each of the games we chose for this list is easy to pick up, has a fairly short play time, and is guaranteed to produce smiles from winner and loser alike. After all, rare is the TableTop virgin who cut his or her teeth on a 60-day round of The Campaign for North Africa. Oh, and we should mention that we straight up nixed the holy trinity of gateway games (Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne) from this article. Those three are so popular that we can’t really consider them a harder sell than Monopoly or Risk anymore. On to the list!

3D print your own tabletop board games

3D print your own tabletop board games via Wired UK:

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The format consists of hexagonal board pieces, which can be arranged horizontally and vertically for various terrains and board layouts. Character figures are currently available for Rust to Dust and dinosaur-focussed Miomon, described as “a Pokemon-like card game in early concept stage”. Those with access to a 3D printer can even get an early feel for the system with a handful of free file downloads.

Play a tabletop RPG digitally with Paper Dungeons – Android Community

Play a tabletop RPG digitally with Paper Dungeons – Android Community.

Paper Dungeons was released as an Early Access game in Steam last year, and now the fantasy board-game is making its way to mobile devices. It has four single player modes available: Boardgame, Campaign, Rogue, and Puzzle modes. Boardgame mode is a long adventure set, wherein everytime you play a new dungeon, it resets to level 1 (although you do keep the inventory you’ve gathered along the way in previous games). You get to roll a dice, and based on this as well as your statistics, it will determine where the monsters and items will be placed on your board.

10 Great Tabletop Games That Can Be Played in Under 30 Minutes :: Games :: Lists :: Paste

10 Great Tabletop Games That Can Be Played in Under 30 Minutes :: Games :: Lists :: Paste.

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The great thing about the modern tabletop gaming movement is the incredible diversity that’s available. Your options are no longer limited to four hour escapades in dungeon crawling or cube-pushing. In fact, some really great tabletop experiences can be had in less than 30 minutes—and that’s with beginners as well as experts.

Like all great art and design, these small games are exercises in restraint and result in some really fun games that pretty much anyone can play.

Fantasy worlds that break history’s back – Boing Boing

Fantasy worlds that break history’s back – Boing Boing.

The game emphasizes the crisp spontaneity that emerges when time has no meaning for you. You can, at your leisure, wander through history filling in the blanks as you go. You can nuke a city and then travel back 5000 years to paint in all its little details for the rest of the evening, or travel forward in time to when the city is rebuilt. Only when the lens zooms in on a specific moment in time where character interaction is involved does everyone come together to roleplay a given scene. Here the microscope lens is at maximum magnification: You take a historical moment, say the assassination of an empress, and act it out in detail, explaining what happened and why.

Shut Up & Sit Down | Interview: Different Play on bringing diversity to tabletop gaming

Shut Up & Sit Down | Interview: Different Play on bringing diversity to tabletop gaming.

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And that’s exactly what the Different Play Patreon is for. Patreon has grown into something of a crowdfunding darling over the last year and it’s perfect for individuals, groups or undertakings that need regular subscribers to support ongoing work, as opposed to the one-off projects of Kickstarter. Different Play are confident that they can pay a fair rate for the writing, art and editing that each of the games they are supporting will demand. Having just broken $700 per game, they’re also able to commission art and spend more time on the layout of the work they publish. This money, combined with their own collective mentorship, makes way for the sort of games they want to see, both in terms of production standards and design, and it’s in discussing their design processes that Mark returns to that subject of particular importance to the team: emotion.

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Geek & Sundry Announces International TableTop Day for 2015 « Nerdist

Geek & Sundry Announces International TableTop Day for 2015 « Nerdist.

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Open your 2015 calendars, everybody, because Geek & Sundry has announced the date for the third International TableTop Day. It’s happening on Saturday, April 11, and it’s never too early to start planning.

What is International TableTop Day you ask? Simply put, it’s a day to celebrate games and was created thanks to Wil Wheaton’s series TableTop. You may appreciate games all the time, but it’s nice to have a special day set aside for the love of tabletop gaming. Geek & Sundry has celebrated the past two years by live-streaming gameplay on YouTube and getting game retailers and fans involved in the event. International TableTop Day events were held in over 80 countries in 2014, and people gathered to play games at libraries, universities, clubs, and all kinds of venues. Yes, it’s pretty darn neat.