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Chris
Inveterate philosopher, game designer and author
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My original blog, Only a Game, is nine years old today! Why not pop over there and wish it many happy returns? As mentioned there, I’ll be taking a break from blogging for July but I will be back soon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at ihobo
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Today is the ninth anniversary of Only a Game – many thanks to everyone who has supported the blog over the years, and especially to those of you who came back during the meta-campaign and helped take us to victory!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Only a Game
*grins* I'm constructing a monument in your honour. I'm building it in the internet: just turn left at Facebook and keep going until you hit the wasteland where the abandoned MySpace sites were dumped - you can't miss it! ;)
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2014 on Taking the Lead! at Only a Game
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Hi Jose, thanks for dropping by! You just missed scoring the winning point by a few hours! ;) Tieflinque: not sure if you commented or not, but I'm going to count you as a point anyway since no-one is going to check and we've already won the game. Many thanks for emerging from lurkerdom to comment - I know that is never easy! ;) Congratulations everyone! We won the meta-campaign with days to spare...
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2014 on The Meta-Campaign at Only a Game
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...and most importantly, Rickard, you did comment previously - which makes you the scorer of the winning point, returning commenter #30! Thank you so much! We did it!
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2014 on Taking the Lead! at Only a Game
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Well this morning I was worried that we weren’t going to make it, but with an unprecedented rush of responses today we are now 32-26 for a decisive home team victory! Many, many thanks to all of you who returned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Only a Game
Finally, Oscar - I'd given up hope! :p Just one more point for the win!
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2014 on The Meta-Campaign at Only a Game
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Jed Pressgrove has sent me a blog letter entitled “The Game of Defining RPGs”. Check it out! Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at ihobo
…and just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, Jed Pressgrove has sent me a blog letter entitled “The Game of Defining RPGs” . The first person who isn’t Oscar to write to me as part of the Republic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Only a Game
Delighted to report that a recent surge of responses to some begging emails has turned up six more returning players putting us in the lead at 28-26, with a whole four days to find just two more! We could actually... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Only a Game
D: Yes. :) Vitor: Great to hear from you! I'd worried you'd fallen off the face of the planet. Hope all is well...
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2014 on Final Push at Only a Game
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Many thanks for the additional comments, everyone! 28-26, we took the lead and we could actually win this now! :) Jmarquiso: happily wish you luck! As someone else who is no stranger to international relocation, I wish you all the best in your strange new life! :) Charles: Thanks for enduring the login. :) I don't normally accept guest posts, but it's not written in stone - and a guest post from a player is something quite different. If you can email me again in the Fall we could discuss something? (Will be back to posting regularly then). Once again, thanks for commenting! Theo: no-one has commented for a long time, and everyone who comes back is most welcome. As for 'my book' - I take it you mean "Chaos Ethics"? I haven't had any reviews yet, but I got some nice endorsements (follow the link in the sidebar here - they should be displayed). Thanks again everyone!
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2014 on The Meta-Campaign at Only a Game
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Having just come back from a short holiday, I find we are 25-22 down. We just need 8 more points to win the meta-campaign... I'm going to shoot off some emails to people in the vain hope it may turn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Only a Game
Ari: Greatly appreciate the comment! We are behind a few points now, but we can easily win with one last push. :) All the best!
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2014 on Ties Up the Game at Only a Game
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Hi Psychochild - thanks for coming to score the point, especially given your chaotic transcontinental move! Hope the carnage settled down soon!
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2014 on The Meta-Campaign at Only a Game
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Thank you all for returning to comment! We all know the culture of blogging is not what it once was, and we are all older with more responsibilities and less time, but I appreciate you all coming to score points for the team today! I miss you all, but you're still out there so perhaps I should not. :) ...and that ties up the game, 20-20! Cheers!
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2014 on The Meta-Campaign at Only a Game
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Well, an extensive round of begging on Twitter has turned up five more players, bringing us up to 20-20. The game is tied! Many thanks to everyone who has returned so far. Ten days left to find ten more previous... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Only a Game
Here's a list of players who commented between the blog starting and the end of that calendar year. Those who have commented in the meta-campaign are underlined - wonder where the rest are all hiding? (and who they are, in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Only a Game
Thanks Peter! Yours, along with Matt and Michael, takes us up to 15 - we're just two points behind now! *waves enthusiastically*
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2014 on Week One: Lurkers and Loyalists at Only a Game
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Noumenalrealm: time is at a premium for us all these days... I fear that 'free time' is rapidly heading towards the status of oxymoron. :) Thanks for commenting!
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2014 on Meta-campaign Score at Only a Game
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Sandbags: Pretty sure you were the second comment on the blog. ;)
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2014 on The Meta-Campaign at Only a Game
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Time to turn to Twitter to dig up old players! I’ll be pushing all week to get points for the team. We tied up the score of the meta-campaign last week, but then fell behind over the weekend to 16-12... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Only a Game
Hi Joe, Sorry for the long login... I know it can be a pain, but the only option Typepad is offering is to switch to Disqus - with it's own set of problems. :( Thanks for dropping in to register points for the team! Ernest, Sadly, the older we get the larger becomes the pile of 'interesting things I will not have time to read'. I rescued two shelves of philosophy books from a library gulag... I doubt I will ever make much progress through reading them, alas. Thank you both for commenting - we have now tied up the game at 12 comments on day 12! All the best!
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2014 on The Meta-Campaign at Only a Game
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Bart: thanks for the info - never considered Terra Nova a "gateway drug" for Only a Game. ;) As for 'not terribly active' - no-one is terribly active these days. Just hanging around is enough for me. :) Scott: I remember you well, DJ I/O slash Just Scott. As for not having the time to read, don't fret - this is the way of things. It's great to get old timers back for just a comment this month anyway - your comment makes 10. Just one behind, now. All the best!
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2014 on The Meta-Campaign at Only a Game
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Hi folks - thanks for the comments! Bart - I recognise you from G+ but didn't quite twig that you were a player here as well... when did you start reading here at the Game? Jeena - I remember you from the posts around "The Mythology of Evolution" - glad to know you're still hanging about! Rik - I know what you mean about the time... between two jobs and two sons (not to mention a dog) it's all I can do to keep this blog running. But I keep it going as best I can! I still fondly recall all your input on competitive play of games, and recently have had a chance to explore it first hand (anthropology style!) with "Counter-Strike Global Offensive", which is the first competitive play situation I've been in since LaserQuest tournaments in the 1990s. The range of behaviours encountered is both shocking and intriguing... ;) All the best to you all! Many thanks for getting the score up - just one point behind, now. :D
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2014 on The Meta-Campaign at Only a Game
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