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Giants and Castles

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A original board game for 3-8 players “The hand of the fair giantess princess is available to a worthy suitor. The first giant to build her a glorious tower of gold will win her love. Unfortunately, giants are not known for their craftsmanship. If you can’t make a castle, why not use your massive stature to steal one? In the valley next door stand the proud castles of eight human Lords. Pull down the Lords’ […]

The Two Houses

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A Children’s Story. Bee watched the chill gray ocean from the balcony of the big house. It was odd that yesterday had signaled the start of spring when winter’s old ice still clung to the rocky beach. As her mother would say, “Such is life in the North.” Spring was cleaning time. Just last week, Mother had received the Call. The Greens would soon arrive for their summer vacation, and their home must be in […]

The Fweeble Hatching

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Parts I and II of a story about two friends. Part I. In a small house that looked much like any other house, there lived a serious girl named Ippinina Wawahweena. On her 5th birthday, Ippinina’s chubby huggable parents gave her a mysterious package. Ippinina slowly pulled off the shiny wrapping paper. She stared in wonder at the treasure inside. It was big. It was red. It bore the proud letters “Hop 42” pressed into […]

The Girl who Loved a Weed

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A parable. Once upon a time there was a Girl who fell in love with a weed. The Girl was quite pretty and very talented, but she had a jagged hole in her heart. Every morning she would wake up with lonely sigh and wish that someone would whisk her away to a place where romantic spiky demons would fill her hole with what she thought was love. The Girl stumbled upon the Weed one […]

Reagan and Jaws

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A story. Last night, I dreamt about Ronald Reagan. I was lounging at some future beach, some sunny sandy spot filled with large boned Americans and freckled teenagers in under filled bikinis. A gigantic holographic movie preview began playing, superimposed on top of the ocean scenery. Ah, augmented reality, where the special effects take place in the real world. Not a problem. The ocean goes quiet and the traditional music slowly begins. “Baa dun, baaaa […]

Emergent Prejudice and Culture

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A philosophical essay. We are a country obsessed with race, minorities, religion and a variety of other hate inducing past times. Ironically, the divergent nature of these topics can be explained as a set of fundamental human behaviors shared by everyone. Much of what we call prejudice is not the result of some oppressive abstract force, but instead stems entirely from simple, every day interactions between individuals. First a bit of theoretical background. Imagine a […]

My name is Daniel and I’m a genre addict

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The impact of psychological addiction on the game industry. Intro The game industry is maturing and some worry that it is stagnating. Every hit game is a sequel and new concepts and titles seem few and far between. What causes this pattern? Is it a good thing or is it a fatal flaw in the structure of the game industry. It is easy to look at other media and though there are many of the […]

Evolutionary Design

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Introduction Game design, in its most pure sense, is the creation of the rules that govern the gaming environment.  At the base of every finished game is a game design.  Strip away the techno-geek graphics and the ambient sounds.  Strip away the marketing hype.  You are left with a set of rules driving minimalist iconic representations.  A strange miracle occurs. People enjoy playing the game. Yes, people enjoy playing Tetris, Net Hack, and pixilated games […]

The Open Kimono Business

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An essay on how to treat customers and employees like owners and reap the benefits. In any meeting, a negotiator can adopt a variety of strategies. Typically, they horde information, pick apart their opponent’s every move in hope of understanding hidden meaning, and ultimately attempt to gain the upper hand through manipulation. Sometimes you outsmart your opponent and win. Many times, you are so busy protecting yourself that a deal never happens. There is a […]