Category Archives: Playing Games

12 Books of Christmas: The Great Gatsby

Having The Great Gatsby as a favourite novel is a cliche, a quick review of the top dozen hits for that search on google all included it. The main difference between it and, say, Ulysses or War and Peace as the Greatest Novel Ever Written ™, everyone … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: My One Contribution To Chess

I learned to play Chess sometime before I started school, and throughout school I remember going to the chess club to play other students. Despite a heap of practice I was never one of the strongest players around, and I … Continue reading

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Getting civilised

Recently I bought Civ for the iPad, because I remember fondly playing Civ 2 back in high school, an unmentionable time ago. I have now had it for a couple of months, long enough to win the game as each … Continue reading

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500 Bridges

Occasionally I find myself having an instinctive reaction about something that is really not an emotional thing. Recently I had just such a reaction when playing the card game 500. I felt instinctively that it was inferior to a game … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Polemic

Matt Shand recently wrote an editorial about gender discrimination in Ultimate, and raised a number of interesting points one way or another. This is a very thorny issue, and I think everyone who’s been seriously involved with either leagues or … Continue reading

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Gender Balance in Ultimate Frisbee

Internationally there are 3 “flavours” of Ultimate: Mixed, Open and Women’s. Mixed should be a 50/50 split on gender. Open has a few women playing, but is basically guys. Women’s is, well women’s. In Wellywood, we play “mixed” – but … Continue reading

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A Dirtier World

During 2008 I ran A Dirty World, and it was far from satisfactory. I must take a lot of the responsibility, for messing up a lot of GM-101, but I think the system did not really deliver on its promise … Continue reading

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