The Tortoise and the Hare


Essay, Games, Original Games

As part of her weekly homework, my daughter brings home a board game from school. She’s 5 years old, “Year 1” in NZ parlance. The games tend to be designed along whatever lines they’re teaching at school — usually simple math — and themed almost at random (“this game is about fish! Help the fish count […]

April 9, 2016

Robert Smithson’s “Entropy and the New Monuments”


Essay

Robert Smithson, most notable for the “Spiral Jetty”, was also a prolific essayist on contemporary art – “Entropy and the New Monuments” (1966)  being one of the most well-known. In it he criticizes a wide swath of sculptors and artists of the time – Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Sol LeWitt, and Dan Flavin. His main […]

October 27, 2013

Alex Mackin Dolan – Sun Cycle Limit


Essay

So for the Contemporary Criticism class in my MFA program at PNCA, I had to write a review of a show from the TBA13 festival. I couldn’t go to a lot of the late-night shows, some of which I’m really bummed to have missed. For my review I chose a piece that was on open […]

October 26, 2013

Maillon


Cartography, Essay, Photoshop, Role-Playing Games

So I was involved with the creation of the Midgard fantasy setting from Kobold Enterprises. It was really cool to be involved. I’m continuing with the project by making some maps of specific areas and locations in the world. This is the first one, a town called “Maillon”.I wanted to give a brief overview of […]

January 29, 2013

Story and Winning


Essay

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the future of stories and of games. I’m trying to reconcile the two, and it’s not working. Stories are, well, stories. They recount events and people to evoke an emotional response in their listeners; they educate, illustrate, fascinate and other …ates. They are history, they are factual without […]

January 16, 2013