Entitlement

In the week since Origins, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m entitled to. It’s a delicious thought. Being owed things. Feeling I deserve things. It’s all fantastic when good things are coming my way. It feels like a payoff, a reward...

The Sum of Its Parts

It’s the first day of Summer. I’m sitting on my front porch with a just-too-warm breeze blowing past. The laptop’s hot on my leg, but it’s fine for now. I’ve got a cold Corona next to me and I’m working to transcribe…...

Leveling Up

I’ve been playing Sims 4 recently. A lot. In this edition of the game, you choose an Aspiration for each of your Sims. Something they want to accomplish within their lifetimes. Because I’m a masochist, I chose “Bestselling Author” as the...

Mondaze (Belated) – Simple Six Breakdown

What makes a game system a game system? What does a system accomplish when it does what it’s supposed to do? How stripped-down can something be and still be considered a full-on system? When I think about School Daze, I sometimes find myself asking those...

Mondaze – Graduation and Beyond!

Last week’s “No Ranks” post has stuck with me, because you see the transition from high school to “whatever comes next” in a lot of movies. Depending on the type of movie, though, you might not see a whole lot of change in the characters....

Mondaze – No Ranks?

When I was working on the previous two articles for my breakdown The Faculty, I ran into a few perceived problems(1). When I was trying to map the characters in the movie to the mechanics of School Daze, I found a few gaps. I didn’t find what seemed like enough...