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"The question isn't whether our memories are false, it's how false are our memories.

"COMPLEX and full false memories (of entire events) are probably less common than PARTIAL false memories (where we misremember parts of events that happened), but we already naturally fill in so many gaps between pieces of memories and make so many assumptions, that our personal past is essentially just a piece of fiction."

-- Dr. Julia Shaw, on false memories.
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Indeed. When I took a Psych 101 class, this was the one thing that really hit me and started shaping how I approach things. Memories are reconstructions, for most people. It can have some scary implications.

(The textbook described one startling case where a prominent psychologist had been accused of sexual assault but had a perfect alibi: an appearance on TV at the same time. They theorized that the victim had been within vision of the broadcast, so their memory conflated the psychologist's face with that of their assailant.)

I honestly had some mixed feelings reading about the research. It kinda...well, it's a cool idea, but experimenting on people's memories like that feels a touch abusive to me. That could be an overreaction, though--a behavior like gaslighting is frequent, persistent, and exhaustive, with a much wider scope than convincing someone of a single false memory.
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I highly recommend spending time thinking about [MDA] - Mechanics, Dynamics, Aesthetics. It was created for the video game industry, but it can be applied to board games as well.

Curious if anyone is doing that already?

I talk about it in my latest League of Gamemakers Vlog
http://bit.ly/edo_MDA
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Trip-Hop Lovesong -- cover of The Cure (or 311, as you like).

It's seldom that I'm happy with my vocals, but an empty house and a vacation day make it easier to relax.
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Rhino Hero with my brother +Philip Blinkinsop​ and +Jared Eyer​. We ran out of wall cards!
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No, just some consummate professionals.
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Got a chance to play this at Game On! -- I've been meaning to get it to the table to compare with my own design, because they share a ton of stuff:

1. Hand-building as a core dynamic.
2. Stock purchase and speculation.
3. Area-control to determine stock value.

Fortunately, they're different enough that I don't have to trash mine (which is shorter and a bit simpler), but similar enough that I now have a touchpoint for the elevator pitch. :)
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Game of Pax Pamir over the weekend; good stuff, but I still think it's better with a draft.
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I look forward to trying the game, but just learned its predecessor, Pax Porfiriana.
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Falling Sky competes with A Distant Plain for my favorite COIN game.
Following up on our earlier article on overall Roman strategy in COIN Series Volume VI Falling Sky, here is a much closer, blow-by-blow examination of just a portion of the tools in the legionaries’ and auxiliaries’ kit bags…. Gaul in the Spring of 52 BC After a year of inconclusive campaigning against Ambiorix, Caesar has been […]
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I actually moved across the street to be in a better school district. Sigh, parenting...
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Kinds of fun! My favorite kind of game analysis.
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Great article.  One thing jumped out at me though, "The Builder should almost never be mixed [with] the Gamble type of fun".  Obvious counterexample: Magic the Gathering.  I suppose breaking the rules of fun is part of making the fun.
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Introversion.
We all need time to recover. image / twitter / facebook / patreon
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Witness: this game is seriously blowing my mind.
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Heh, ended up "flying out" an hour after that comment :P.
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