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Cortland Mercer

in Asheville

Put Down Your Phone, Pick Up A Board Game

PRESENTED ON MAR 03, 2017
IN ASHEVILLE @ VOL 14

In an era of increasing civic and social isolation, Cortland Mercer describes the resurgent role that board games and board game cafes play in strengthening relationships and building community.

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"Go"dly Nerdism in the Game Go

BY IGNATIUS CHIN
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 30, 2015

What does the Go Father of Brunei have to say? Well, Go, obviously! To Ignatius Chin, playing the strategy board game Go is not just some pasttime activity but a highly addictive game that carries its ancient origins and unites people (especially nerds and other lifeforms) together. Listen as he opens your eyes to the magic that is Go.

This was "Presentation on the Day" on July 29th, 2015.

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Catan Board Game

BY HIROHISA KATO
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 30, 2016

Hirohisa Kato,C o-working space Asahikawa 37 management.

Kato, who operates a co-working space, offering a venue for self-study and seminars, shares a presentation about gathering people to play the board game Catan. Enjoy his passion for the the game as he happily share about it and other board games.

Co-working space Asahikawa 37

Every day they host board game tournament.
Please contact them to learn more.

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Press Start to Begin: A World of Board Games

BY VINCE SIU
@ VOL 27 ON MAY 25, 2016

"Boardgames are as old as civilization itself."

In Press Start to Begin: A World of Board Games from PechaKucha Night Hong Kong Vol. 27Vincent Siu and Wes Mui share a bit about the history, development and social aspects of board games, and its new renaissance. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, August 30th, 2016. 

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Board Games for Life

BY MICHAEL ROSS
@ VOL 25 ON JUN 09, 2016

"If actual life was a board game, it would probably get pretty bad reviews nowadays."

Engineer and self-professed nerd Michael Ross talks board games—sure, they're loads of fun, but what, exactly, has caused their recent skyrocketing popularity as an inclusive, immersive, and sometimes very competitive source of community and socializing?

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Can I Save Your Christmas?

BY MARTIN SYMONS
@ VOL 5 ON DEC 12, 2016

Martin Symons gives an engaging and entertaining talk on the politics of playing board games with the family during the Christmas holidays - and encourages us to play more throughout the year!

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Boardgaming in Dayton

BY JOSHER LUMPKIN
@ VOL 29 ON DEC 15, 2016

Explore the world of board games through Josher Lumpkin's eyes, from the classics to the obscure!

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Computers Suck At Go

BY MARK RUBENSTEIN
@ VOL 46 ON JUN 05, 2018

Mark Rubenstein has been playing the game of Go for over 20 years. The purpose of his talk is to get you hooked on Go so he has more friends to play with.

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Designing an Intersection: Jubilee Games and Coffee

BY MICHAEL GRUBB
@ VOL 26 ON FEB 08, 2018

When Michael Grubb and his fellow co-founders started offering coffee, board games, and face-to-face play at their monthly pop-ups and game nights, they started finding something more than “fun”--they found a city hungry for connection and new ideas. Exploring the social novelty of the events themselves and the theory behind the national board game boom, Michael makes a case for the cultural value of gaming. 

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Innovating through Play

BY VINCE SIU
@ VOL 28 ON MAR 01, 2019

Vince Siu, founder of Press Start Hong Kong, shares his views on how some popular board games hinder peoples' interactions and how a well-designed game can inspire innovative mind and educate children in playful ways.