Randy Hoyt

Escape To Another World

This is a great article about games that touches on a lot of topics: meaning, immersion, escapism, underemployment, the modern economy, and much more. One quote really stood out to me: “It is not always clear when gaming is the refuge of the trapped and when it is the trap.”

Link: Escape To Another World →

Aug 08

EXIT: The Game wins KdJ

EXIT: The Game winning the Kennerspiel des Jahres award feels like an important milestone. I’ve been hoping for years the market would support tabletop games with single playthrough experiences. I hope this win inspires more designers to continue exploring similar formats.

Link: Exit: The Game →

Jul 17

Singular “You”

I found this fascinating passage written a few hundred years ago, with concerns about singular “you” (instead of “thou”). Language changed, and now “you” is formally accepted as both singular and plural.

(I use singular “they” in rulebooks: it’s how many people speak, it’s gender neutral, and I believe it will keep gaining formal acceptance.)

Jul 05

Sundae Split Proofs

I hope proofing files to send to the printer is always this thrilling & nerve-racking.

Jun 28

Female Symbol

Searching “female symbol” on iPhone shows the dangers of (a) preview images and (b) too hasty fact checking.

(The iPhone search result is probably the best theory for how this Washington Post Express cover could have happened.)

Jan 05

All We Have To Decide

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 125th birthday, here’s a quote from Gandalf I read yesterday. Happy Birthday, Professor!

Jan 03

Re-Reading The Lord of the Rings

I haven’t read every work of English literature, but I believe The Lord of the Rings is one of the greatest. It’s been too many years since I last read it. So here we go: “There was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.”

Dec 28