It's About Fun!

Welcome to Deep Fun: the virtual library of "musings and insights from visionary author, mystic and champion of fun,"*  

Bernie De Koven,

featuring his vast collection of 


Fun Thoughts

The Gameful World

Serious Games: In Defense of Fun


first published in The Gameful World: Approaches, Issues, Applications We play games because they’re fun. When they stop being fun, we stop playing them. And no matter how clever the rules or attractive the trophies, if they don’t lead us to fun, they show themselves for what they, in themselves, truly are: irrelevant, without purpose,…

Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
by Amelion

Pretend Power


Pretend Power as real and as powerful as we can imagine No, not imaginary fun, real fun that you pretend into being. Real fun, lived. Though imagination itself is a mighty engine of fun, O yes, mighty in deed. A gift, just like fun itself. A powerful gift that Einstein used to pursue his Gedankenexperiments, or Thought…

play bow

Fun Power


Fun Power To help us appreciate the value of Fun in our own lives, measurable in dollars, we now turn to McKinsey and Co.; specifically, their Global Media Report 2013, in which they estimate the total amount we’ll have spent, worldwide, on FUN (entertainment, broadband, movies, tv, sports, advertising, magazines, newspapers, books and video games) will be $1,731,459,000,000 This,…


A Message from the Oaqui


We interrupt our regular programming for a message from the Oaqui (cf A Message from the Oaqui), to wit: Dear You, It is with great and distinct pleasure that I/we inform You that You have been granted full authorization to speak for, as well as with me/us, as a direct representative of the Oaqui Your voice becoming now…


The Theory of the Big Whee!


Let’s start with this: If an electron is acting freely—if it, as Richard Feynman is supposed to have said, “does anything it likes”—it can only be acting freely as an end in itself. Which would mean that at the very foundations of physical reality, we encounter freedom for its own sake—which also means we encounter…


It’s not all fun and games, you know


No, it’s not all fun and games. Nope. Not. You can’t read a newspaper or listen to the news without getting depressed about just about everything – humanity in general or more specifically: war, poverty, cruelty, hunger, abuse, stupidity, politics, the economy, politics again And here’s me, writing about fun and games and play and…

“Deep Fun: and when the fun gets deep enough, it can heal the world.”

– the Oaqui

Bernie De Koven of The Well-Played Game and A Playful Path, illustrates the power of adult playfulness, engaging the audience in several of his more playful games, and demonstrating how joyfully adults welcome the opportunity to expose their playful selves.

Fun Is Easy

It’s wherever you are, in whatever you are doing or sensing or thinking. It’s between you and the person you’re with or the machine you’re using or the table you’re sitting at or the path you’re walking down. It’s not something to strive for. But something to melt into, to sink into, to open up to.

Fun isn’t the hard thing. The hard thing is letting yourself have it ...