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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: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:11:42 +0000

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



On Choice: A Proposal to the Play Community

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:11:42 +0000

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(image) Choice in play is a vital element in all of New Games. Choice means some control over experience, giving a greater sense of both freedom and safety. At a Tournament, people can choose not to play at all, to become sometime members of the play community, or to fully involve themselves.

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Holy Fun

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:03:19 +0000

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(image) a "holy" celebration in which people, in addition to sharing all the profound religious significance, were clearly having fun together, as a community.

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The Orchestra and the Conductor – variations on a theme

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:11:15 +0000

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(image) Each actor or group of several actors utters a rhythmic or melodic sound. The conductor listens to them. They must produce the same sound, whenever the conductor asks them with a gesture of hand or baton.

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Play is a Spiritual Thing

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:15:17 +0000

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(image) But when I'm at play, in play, freely, completely, with you, it's fun of a different kind, you know. Fun of a loving kind.

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Four more parlor games for when you’re sitting around and don’t have anything else to play with except each other

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 20:09:02 +0000

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(image) So, sometimes you notice that you're sitting around, once again waiting for something. It's after dinner, before dinner, and you're just hanging out - you and your family or friends or both. So you decide to play a game. A parlor-like game.

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Play’s Definitely the Thing!

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:57:46 +0000

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(image) Because, you see, some people actually do have fun studying chemistry. Some people really love the whole idea of chemistry: the mystery, the complex interactions, the experiments, the explosions. Even the laboratory apparatus is a turn on for them.

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When toys and things are fun

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:09:26 +0000

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(image) It's at least interesting to note that the things that turn out to be more fun later tend to be the most fun, the deepest fun, life-giving fun. Like a good marriage. Like anything you get really good at. Or with. Wine-tasting. Crocheting. Bird-watching. Poetry.

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Rolling Down Sand Dunes – defining fun

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:14:31 +0000

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(image) Because the point was to roll down sand dunes. Everyone understood the point.

Notice too that no equipment was required. No balls, bats, nets, shovels, brooms, shin guards, goalposts or markers delineating fair and foul territory. There were no referees, and games were not played for the benefit of the spectators - although the spectators did in fact benefit. It was sheer play, aided only by nature.

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Radical Fun

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:10:54 +0000

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(image) The radical fun of music frees the mind from the burden of habit and reveals myriad ways of thinking and feeling that people might otherwise deny themselves.

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In the Playful Wonderland “You’ll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.”

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:55:46 +0000

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(image) The playful state of mind is fundamentally exploratory, seeking out new possibilities in the world around us. And that seeking is why so many experiences that started with simple delight and amusement eventually led us to profound breakthroughs.

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My Mind is My Brain, My Body, and You, too

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:13:37 +0000

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(image) The subjective life of the mind, though neither measurable nor easily studied in science, is quite real, and really important.

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Psychiatrist, the game

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 06:56:07 +0000

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(image) Before the game starts, the patients must agree on a common affliction, such as being afraid of the dark, or believing themselves to be a particular film star. The psychiatrist must leave the room while this affliction is discussed and decided.

The psychiatrist then returns, and attempts to diagnose the collective illness by asking indirect questions to each patient in turn ("Do you prefer the daytime or the nighttime?" rather than "Is your illness related to light?").

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