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March 2011

Bit Players

An important part of any narrative experience, whether presented in a video game or a pen-and-paper experience, is the supporting cast. Two weeks ago, I critiqued the over-population of heroes and hero narratives in gaming, and this week’s discussion is sort of connected to that issue. A diverse and interesting …

Card and Dice Game As Art?

What has three six-sided dice, a card for the pitcher, another for the hitter, a few additional charts and eats hours? Strat-O-Matic baseball, a table-top simulation of Major League Baseball, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011. The game has been cited as an influence by Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, …