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

Rock/Scissors/Paper Tag at Tel Aviv University

The Other Games


The OtherGames – an introduction The OtherGames are not alternatives, they are “other games” because they’re not the games our cultures foster. And the truth is, given the last 2000 years or so, they will probably always remain “other.”  And yet, I believe these OtherGames are a more accurate depiction of social wisdom than our current national…


At Play in the Inner Playground


There I was, lying on my back listening to something Bach-like, my mouth locked open while a masked man and woman probe my major orifice with tools of intimate discomfort. Utterly absorbed in the rites of oral coronation, unable to speak or swallow, incapable of cracking joke or smile or voice appreciations for apparent acts…


Butterflies & Belly-Buttons


Beauty is Fun Beauty is fun of the deeper kind. When it reaches you, beauty, it touches you where wonder lies – the awed-to-silence parts of you that connect you, like a navel, to life, birth, joy and something slightly uncomfortable – only of the good kind; to something like pleasure – only of the almost…


The Planetary Jew


I think it’s been happening ever since Babylon. And once we got to America, it’s been really happening. Each of us has somehow decided that Judaism is something we can make up as we go along. Not completely, mind you. Certainly not from scratch. But we do have that certain itch for making Judaism, well,…

Elderly Woman by Chalmers Butterfield

Pool Noodles and Balloons


As long as we can have fun… My friend, game designer Jack Degnan, was visiting a nursing home. He posted this video on Facebook. He writes: It really made me smile to see all those elderly folks who often don’t look happy suddenly laughing and getting into the game. It was a heartwarming experience. I’ve…


Extraordinary fun – in sum


Why are the games on this site different from games on most other sites? Because these are games of another kind. The kind I’ve only recently decided to call the “OtherGames.” Most games, and the way we ordinarily play them, are made of a clearly defined set of rules, roles, goals to be pursued in…

“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 ...