What I’ve Been Up To

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Hello, all! I realize it’s been a little while since I last posted anything here (10 days by my count–yikes!), so I wanted to make sure you all know that I’m still around. Some of you may know that I was heavily involved in academic debate throughout high school and college. Now I ocassionally volunteer my time to help coach a local debate club in the same league I participated in back in high school. Right now I’m in the middle of a two week stretch of coaching at two different debate camps for that same league.

It’s a wonderful opportunity and I love doing it, but it’s also very exhausting, so I haven’t gotten to devote the brain-power I’d like to reviews and such. But don’t worry! I will be back in force soon, and here’s what you have to look forward to:

Reviews of some interesting games. Castles of Burgundy The Dice Game, Pioneer Days, The Pit, and a couple of games from the Wibbell++ card game system are on the docket.

Podcasts. We missed a week but we’ll be back on Friday talking about my favorite designer Vlaada Chvatil.

Videos. Maybe something that’s been in the works? No guarantees here but I’m going to try.

I’m also going to be writing about my experiences teaching high school students debate. I see a lot of parallels with debate and board games–both are activities that encourage rational thinking but with two different angles. Board games specifically reward good thinking and punish bad thinking. Debate tries to do that, but even when it doesn’t the positive benefits to the activity come about through the process of doing it, not necessarily in the results.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been pondering. I think this little break will actually be good, as I’ve been able to focus a lot of my thoughts the past few days and I’m excited to write with even more enthusiasm than before. Thank you all for being wonderful readers.

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