Gamer’s Notebook

I don’t wish to be precious, but I am probably not a true blogger. If blogging is writing on the fly, adding pictures, and posting fairly quickly or same day. The result of trying this was that the previous Notebook was the worst thing I have written in a long time.  Perhaps the worst. Bits […]

Gamer’s Notebook

Today I will be writing in the style of Mike Clifford, long time oppo and master of concision. Experient I found that word searching for experience games. It seems to be the academic version of what Charles Vasey and I outlined 25 years ago, in Sumo Issue 7. Sadly the spellchecker doesn’t recognize it. Why […]


The Archives are underway. If you click the Archive menu you will find eighteen columns of Gamer’s Notebook.

The Sumos

The Answer is Twelve. Usually. If you click the menu tab, you will see the Sumo Awards for the last five years. These will show that my tastes have not changed much in that time – or indeed in thirty years – and also that I cannot possibly see and play everything. This generates gaps. […]

Gamer’s Notebook

March 2017. Well, it has been a while. I won’t go into details but I certainly did not expect to lose three years to illness, leave my ideal job, move to the South coast and then semi-retire. Well, quarto-retire. None of which is that relevant to the return of my interest in playing and designing games, and in writing about them….