January 1st, 2023 | 1 hr 15 mins
Our second discussion with Ali Karar, a Muslim living and board gaming in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ali shares his view on representation in board gaming and how to make it better, along with how Muslims view Jesus Christ.
December 11th, 2022 | 1 hr 11 mins
a/v club, gaming
A list of a list! We discuss the YouTube Dice Tower video, "Top 10 Enemies of Gaming" (link below), and draw a top 5 perils list around hobby board gaming.
Episode 18: Reality Is Broken! So let's play games that promote positive psychology and collaboration
November 13th, 2022 | 1 hr 7 mins
We dive into Kate McGonigal's book Reality Is Broken, chapters 10 and 13, where she discusses how games can promote positive psychological research (human happiness and flourishing) and collaboration.
October 30th, 2022 | 1 hr 6 mins
board game theory, christian, church, creation, designer
We interview Adrian Adamescu (designer of Sagrada, Dice Theme Park, Creatures & Cupcakes) about his life of board game design and faith – how growing up in Romania, Germany, and now living in Canada, along with his faith experiences along the way, have impacted his thoughts on life, religion, and game design.
October 16th, 2022 | 1 hr 7 mins
action selection, game theory, spiritual lessons
What are Action Selection games, and what can we learn from them about our spirituality?
October 2nd, 2022 | 1 hr 9 mins
book club, game break, game theory, happiness, neuropsychology
What does Jane McGonigal's Reality Is Broken say about games and human happiness? Defining a game and its sense of flow is key to understanding what creates human happiness.
September 18th, 2022 | 46 mins 49 secs
judaism, sabbath, world religions
Alex Radcliffe of BoardGameCo and GameFound helps us understand how board games and Sabbath practices function within Orthodox Judaism.
September 4th, 2022 | 1 hr 1 min
Can board games be transcendent, what are magic circles, and how does this get at religion and the spiritual life?
August 24th, 2022 | 48 secs
A brief thank you to our awesome listeners for this milestone of 1,000 downloads.
August 21st, 2022 | 1 hr 7 mins
parable, push your luck, quran
What are Push Your Luck games, and what might we spiritually gain from them? Daniel and Kevin discuss 5 ideas (+ a bonus), along with risk-taking in general. NOW WITH CHAPTER MARKERS!
August 7th, 2022 | 1 hr 2 mins
creation, curiosity, evil, interview, play, work
We interview Dave Bindewald, founder of the Center for Play and Exploration, on the question of whether board games can save the world – or at least help cultivate our "curiosity, divergent thinking, and freedom to fail." Games help us become better thinkers and problem solvers, colleagues, and participants in God's creative acts of creation.
July 24th, 2022 | 1 hr 3 mins
bernard suits, game theory, grace, grasshopper
We wrap up our discussion of Bernard Suits' seminal book The Grasshopper. What are the implications of approaching human life as a game? We unpack some of Suits' terms and ideas regarding utopia as a place where we only play games, and the threat that utopia is always under.