Last year I wrote about Magic as a teaching tool in a trade online publication. Its in Finnish, but you’re interested, you can find it here. This year, an opportunity presented itself, so I chose to use MtG as part of a course.
My earliest memory is of me and my little sister getting into trouble. I was four, she was three. We were playing in the yard of the building our family lived at the time and found a piece of chalk. What does one do with chalk at that age? We drew lines on the walls. My mother still occasionally brings up how quick-witted she was when she outsmarted my three-year-old sister to give up the truth after I had managed to dodge it. Then I remind her of how she felt compelled to go and wash something off the wall rain would have taken care of anyhow.
What is flow? Its basically completely absorping yourself in something in a positive way. Being in the zone.
I’m reading a book called Introvertit – Työpaikan hiljainen vallankumous, or originally Introvert – Den tysta revolutionen by Linus Jonkman. Translated into English, the title would be Introverts – The Silent Revolution, and for som reason the Finnish title also inserted the word ‘workplace’ in there. Its about (surprise, surprise) introversion.
Tomorrow is the Finnish Independence Day. I’ve never been very nationalistic, but the recent right-wing surgence in Finland has made the whole thing distasteful for me. Don’t get me wrong. I do love many aspects of this country, but there are certain powerful elements in our society, like probably most societies right now, which are trying to destroy those things, like our educational system.
With that in mind and remembering that I am a pretty strong introvert, I don’t really want to take part in any way in our Independence Day.
So, what is #mapvember. I guess I would relate it closely to NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, in which you try to write a whole novel in one month. Here we try to make a map every day of the month. Lauri has been doing his on the social media side, I’ll be doing mine a bit differently.
For work, I’ve been living in different city during weeks and another during the weekend. Understandably, the place I have for weekdays doesn’t have much stuff. I only have a bed, a desk, a chair and a beanbag chair as well as some books there. Not much. Not even lights for all the places I should have. Quite Spartan, in fact. The thing is, I don’t seem to miss all that stuff that much.
I’ve been discussing a project plan at work a lot lately. The idea for the project includes gamification component, so I’ve been reading a few books on the subject. One thing these books make a huge deal of in their introductory part is how many people actualy play games and how much time they spend on it.
Roleplaying communities in internet are a beautiful thing. Back in the day when we played Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay I was really active on Strike-to-Stun. I quickly learned that if I had a problem or wanted to change ideas an international community of likeminded players was a great place to start. Now we haven’t played WFRP in ages but I still visit the communities because I want to keep up with the people there.
There are a lot of rpg communities all around the web. There are dedicated forums, publisher’s forums, Facebook and (my personal favorite) Google+ for example. Combine them and you have almost unlimited resources of information and ideas. Ask help and you will get it.
Most of the time.
If you ever went to Ropecon in Dipoli you know that the place is hard to forget, with its architecture of stone, glass, light wood, dark metal, and its hostility to straight angles. It offered a milieu for roleplaying (and other things) that felt home-made, welcoming, and original, but still professional enough. It wasn’t perfect and like everything that’s dear, you both loved and hated parts of it. The sucky bits were parts of the charm, so much so that I can’t even bear to write anything stronger than “sucky bits”.