Google Docs as alternative to Google Forms

I use Google Drive and related docs pretty extensively. I think they’re pretty good. I also like data. Normalizing data. Massaging it, making it useful and available. Google Sheets do a pretty darn good job of being a spreadsheet. But there are times I want an honest database. A relational one. But with all the ...

Top Trumps

Top Trumps
This whole 2016 election cycle was craziness. But one thing that kept popping up in my mind was the classic kid’s card game Top Trumps. It’s a game I have distinct memories of playing as a kid in the UK. Gameplay is pretty simple: each card represents a thing (car, superhero, etc), that have a ...

Pre-Modern Fantasy Cartography

Pre-Modern Fantasy Cartography
If I had oodles of time, I would love to investigate the history of maps in fantasy stories and games. They are such an intrinsic feature of the genre, and seem to have gone through some fashions and styles over the years. Tolkien’s maps set the tone for many years. Early Dungeons & Dragons maps ...

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare
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 ...

Robert Smithson’s “Entropy and the New Monuments”

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 ...

Alex Mackin Dolan – Sun Cycle Limit

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 ...

Maillon

Maillon
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 ...

Story and Winning

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 ...