Tag Archives: Spielbound

I’m been REALLY busy the last few months…

I’ve had a lot of stuff going at school the last few months.  That means that my recreation time has been pretty limited, but I’ve made the most of it.

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Gaming Update March 2015

I’ve done a fair amount of gaming the last few weeks but I haven’t had much time to post.  Here’s a quick round up.

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I’m thinking about my next Spielbound article…

…and I think I need to write about the counterpoint that board games can offer opposite of modern technology to thought attention.

Our technology is, by definition, multi-task oriented.  But research suggests that we’re deluding ourselves.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95256794

(University of Michigan study)

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/august24/multitask-research-study-082409.html

(Stanford University study)

Don’t get me wrong.  Modern board games are surely complex.  But, you’re focusing on a single larger goal.  Not unrelated ones.  From a classroom perspective, games potentially offer deeper thinking experiences in a breadth-focused world.

I’m worried about role-playing in Game Club + Spielbound consideration

Last night we did not make as much progress as I had hoped in creating characters.  One of my student did a great job in getting his group excited by offering a mini session.  Unfortunately, we have 17 other people that want to play, and I’m currently the only other GM.  That is essentially three more groups, and if I ran all of them, they would get to play about three or four times the entire year.  That is not acceptable.  My only recourse may be to only allow sophomores, juniors and seniors to play.  I haven’t decided yet, but I’m really worried about not being able to give everyone a good experience.

My current plan is to check all of their characters individually myself, because there were a lot of errors.  We also had the sign-up list get erased accidentally by our custodial staff so I have no idea right now who is interested in playing.  I take a high-standard approach to gaming pretty seriously and I’m upset that I am not giving students the best possible experience right now.

Vent over.  Thanks for listening.

In other news, I’ve been invited to serve as Teacher Outreach Coordinator for Spielbound.  Spielbound is a new board game cafe that has opened in Omaha.  I’m currently not sure if I have the time to take on this volunteer position.  I’m not worried about the blogging aspect of it.  I’m more concerned with the “Teacher Outreach” part, but once I get the job description and ask the CEO a few questions, it may not be as time consuming as I’m thinking.