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Webinar Recording: Pursuing Playfulness With Bernie De Koven

Pursuing Playfulness…

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Added by NASAGA on February 19, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Note from the Chair |SIMAGES February 2014

Note From the Chair

Mellissa Peterson

It doesn’t seem that long ago that our former Chair, Greg Koeser, was inviting me to my very first NASAGA Conference. We were in the middle of a game of DIXIT at a conference which focused on digital training games and gamification. At the time, I had no idea how much impact that one game would end up having for me – I have not missed a NASAGA Conference since!

I have noticed that many of us have similar tales of…

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2014 Conference Report | SIMAGES February 2015

2014 Conference Report:

By Anastasia Salter, NASAGA 2014 Board Chair and Conference Chair

Dear NASAGA Members,

Thank you everyone who joined us in 2014 for our conference in Baltimore! I enjoyed meeting everyone and spending a few packed days playing, learning, and exploring new ideas with you. Last year’s conference included some great NASAGA traditions, including our preconference certificate program, alternate reality game, and banquet. New events…

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NASAGA Awards for 2014

NASAGA Awards for 2014

By Linda Slack

NASAGA was very proud to present Ron Stadsklev with the Ifill-Raynolds Award and Jacob Mayiani for the Rising Star Award for 2014.

The Ifill-Raynolds Award, which is a memorial award given for outstanding contributions to simulation and gaming, recognizes one of our members who develops or uses simulation games with joy and serious purpose. This is in the spirit of the NASAGA members it was named for Don Ifill and…

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Getting Wild with Goose Chase | SIMAGES February 2015

Getting Wild with Goose Chase

By Brent Darnell

As part of the entertainment during the gala at the last NASAGA conference, we played a game called GOOSE CHASE. It’s a very simple app-based game. The steps to set this up are easy:

  1. Download the free Goose Chase application at https://www.goosechase.com/.
  2. Set up “missions” that attendees can accomplish. Each mission has points associated with it. The…
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The Gamer Society: An ARG | SIMAGES February 2015

The Gamer Society:  An Alternate Reality Game 

Anastasia Salter

Note: As the organizer of NASAGA’s Baltimore conference in 2014, Anastasia Salter took on many responsibilities to insure the multi-day event was both informative and playful.  Here she describes an alternate reality game she developed for the…

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The Long Game: An Approach to Game Design | Simages February 2015

The Long Game: An Approach to Game Design

By Veronica Brown

In an episode of Orange is the New Black (season 2, #7), Vee (the mentor) and Suzanne (the protégé) are playing chess. Vee baits Suzanne into capturing a pawn. Vee says, “You keep taking out all the targets in front of you, but you’ve got to think ahead, Suzanne. If you move there, what’ll I do?” Vee captures Suzanne’s knight. “It’s called the long game.”

That scene brought…

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Added by NASAGA on February 9, 2015 at 6:40pm — 3 Comments

Interview with Mohamed Bahgat | SIMAGES February 2015

Mohamed Bahgat, First-Time NASAGA Participant

An Interview by Linda Keller

Bahgat is the founder of SeGa Team which focuses on learning and performance improvement through simulation and educational gaming activities. With a background in Systems Engineering and Educational Psychology, he consults in the Middle East and other international regions as a master coach and facilitator. This was Mohamed’s first NASAGA conference. He agreed to debrief his experience at the…

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Taking Storytelling to the Next Level | SIMAGES February 2015

Taking Storytelling to the Next Level

By Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan

I have read a lot of books and articles about storytelling for trainers, facilitators, and managers. I bought audiocassettes and VHS tapes (remember them?) on story telling. I attended workshops and conference sessions on storytelling.

In my smile-sheet evaluations after my training sessions, I got straight 5’s every time I told a lot of stories.

I should not have pushed my luck, but I had a…

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Read Simages February 2015

SIMAGES: The NASAGA Newsletter

Volume 15 Issue 1



Note from the Chair

by Melissa Peterson

It doesn’t seem that long ago that our former…

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Simages Latest Issue Aug 2014

SIMAGES: The NASAGA Newsletter

Volume 14 Issue 2

From the Chair | Simages…

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NASAGA 2014 Join in our Online Goosechase Pre-conference!

A special Open Online NASAGA 2014 Pre-Conference Invitation.



Hi!

Thanks to all of you who have already registered for NASAGA 2014 next month in Baltimore. I’m still hoping to see more of you there. You will love the people and the content. It’s a unique gathering. Even if you can't join us you get a taste of the conference through our pre-conference activity.

My friend John Chen, one of the …

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From the Chair | August Simages 2014

From the Chair

By Anastasia Salter

I recently introduced a new group of gamers to Resistance, a card game, and we played many rounds during late-night gaming sessions at the NASAGA conference in Sarasota last year. Our game quickly turned to shouting and scheming as we negotiated the power dynamics of hypothetical revolution and betrayal. These enduring game mechanics of Resistance serve as a prompt for social machinations and manipulations, and the resulting…

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2014 Conference Highlights | Simages August 2014

Highlights of the 2014 Conference

By Anastasia Salter

With summer upon us, the NASAGA conference crew is gearing up and getting ready to welcome you to Baltimore October 8 through 11, 2014. We’re thrilled to have received session proposals from a range of designers, trainers, and educators, including both people new to NASAGA and familiar voices from our community. Expect a conference filled with new games, improvisation, participant-driven unconference dialogues, and…

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Becoming a Virtual Presenter | Simages August 2014

Becoming a “Virtual Presenter”

By Stephanie Pollack, et al

At NASAGA’s 2013 conference in Sarasota, FL, Stephanie Pollack and a group of students led a workshop from their base in Singapore.  By blending a recorded video presentation with on-site facilitation, the group was able to offer a highly interactive learning experience for conference participants about the importance of appreciation in organizations. …

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Keep the River Flowing | Simages August 2014

Keep the River Flowing:

Creating a Board Game at the 2013 NASAGA Conference

By Jo Ann Froman

NASAGA’s 2013 conference Play by Design: a Bridge to Learning was held in my home town of Sarasota, Florida. As the Director of Learning and Development for Goodwill Manasota, Inc. based in Sarasota, Florida, I was very excited to have my team attend the conference.  

For several years, our team had discussed designing a game for our employees that…

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Added by NASAGA on August 15, 2014 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

Richard Powers: A Rememberance | Simages August 2014

Richard Brian Powers of Oceanside, a novelist, playwright, mime performer, professor and wide-ranging educator and game designer, died peacefully surrounded by family, at his home Thursday, March 27, 2014, of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was…

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How I Became Addicted to Simulation and Games | Simages August 2014

How I Became Addicted to

Simulations and Games

Richard B. Powers

Abstract

Three outstanding teachers stimulated my interest in alternative methods of education and made me receptive to simulations and games. At my first gaming conference, I discovered the value of simulations and games by playing games rather than by listening to lectures. I found the spirit of play and cooperation at NASAGA and ISAGA conferences refreshing and my games owe a considerable debt to the…

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Learn by Doing | Simages August 2014

Learn by Doing: 

Activity-Based Learning for Contractors, Architects, and Engineers

By Brent Darnell

 

When I first started with gamification and applied improvisation for learning, I was skeptical.  I warned the participants that this would be out of their comfort zones and they would be uncomfortable.  And guess what?  They WERE uncomfortable.  

So I changed…

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Interview with Ron Stadsklev | Simages Aug. 2014

Spanning the Changes in Game Design

An Interview with Ron Stadsklev

Ron Stadsklev has dedicated his life to the improvement of teaching and learning while using games and simulations. Teacher, professor, mentor and author of Handbook of Simulation Gaming in Social Education, Ron is a visionary who was far ahead of his time in understanding the essential nature of experiential learning.  In the 1970’s he became a pioneer at understanding the link between…

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