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tour the mind of Bernie DeKoven, author of The Well-Played Game and, most recently, A Playful PathOccasional musings of the frequently amusing sort

Last Build Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:20:35 +0000

Copyright: ©2004-2011, Bernie DeKoven, all rights reserved

Shalom and Au Revoir

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:30:38 +0000


(image) Shalom and Au Revoir By Blue | November 7, 2017 | 55 Well, my friend, it’s time. I’m not going to be posting on or on for the foreseeable future. There’s enough already here for a lifetime of play, and the rest of my life needs attention. It’s a good time, considering. There’s…

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New Games and the Table Top

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:58:41 +0000


(image) My good friend Stephen Conway of The Spiel and I were invited to present at the Champagne-Urbana campus of Illinois University. Stephen presented one evening, I the next. Stephen brought a great bag or several full of games, and began by placing a few games, one on each table. He’d teach each game and leave…

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The Kiss of the Frog: a Performance Game

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:26:35 +0000


(image) The sacred ritual known as the Kiss of the Frog is performed as follows: Players (those with sufficient mastery of the Way of the Frog) first create their own frog and then let it nest on top of their heads (a goodly place for your average hand frog). Thus beginneth the performance of the Kiss…

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Days of Play & Flavors of Fun

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:22:23 +0000


(image) If it took you a few hours just to enumerate the vast implications of arriving at a viable prescription for 100 Days of Play, imagine how long it would take you to eviscerate the innuendos of a so-called list of the 54 Flavors of Fun that consists of 146 items.

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Deep Fun and the Feast of Fools

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:13:30 +0000


(image) Therein lies the heart of the fools' art, as far as I'm concerned, and you should be to. Retain the basics, yes. But focus on celebrating fun, as pure and simple as you can make it.

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Fearful and Fearless

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:16:39 +0000


(image) Fearful and Fearless can be such intimate friends. Each all about fear.

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Imagine a Person

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:43:59 +0000


(image) Imagine a Person By Blue | October 30, 2017 | 2 Imagine a person imagining a person Homage to Ken Feit Imagine a person: could be young, could be old, could be very of either, or both. Imagine someone -male and/or fe- , both and/or either. That's the one. Let's call this person Fred. Old Fred.…

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Making Belief

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:50:29 +0000


(image) Making Belief By Blue | October 27, 2017 | 7 Maybe it’s not about proof or truth after all, this wisdom thing, this knowing of things that we sometimes ascribe to the old and weathered. Maybe it’s about pretending, acting, maybe about assuming that things are already the way we want them to be, the…

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The Last Lecture of Randy Pausch

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:01:54 +0000


(image) “It’s kind like a fish trying to give a talk about the importance of water. I don’t know how not to have fun. I’m dying, and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day I have left. Because there’s no other way to play it.”

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Collective Joy

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:35:23 +0000


(image) Collective Joy By Blue | October 25, 2017 | 1 So, the idea is that everyone, young and old, abled and differently abled, fit and unfit, conservative and liberal, tall and short…well, you know what I mean: everyone - plays together. That’s the challenge and that's what makes the experience called "collective joy" seem something…

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Playing Dead On The Fun-Death Continuum

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:35:08 +0000


(image) Why is it so much fun to play dead? Even when you're an animal or an actual kid?

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In Which I Muse About Musing About Fun and Death

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:00:10 +0000


(image) And are teaching me, moment by moment, more and more about how deep the connection between fun and death can become.

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