Let's Play!

This site is about games - not just any games - just the games you play for fun. In the process of growing up, most people lose touch with the sources of their personal power. Fun is one of those sources - especially when it is deep: whole-hearted, whole-minded, whole-bodied.

Because, when the fun gets deep enough, it can heal the world.

What's Fun

via NYU Game Center

play is free movement within a more rigid system

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“Play is free move­ment within a more rigid sys­tem.” It is the way in which we become fully human. It is express­ive and a way of enga­ging with the world. Play mat­ters. When we look at games through the lens of play, all of a sud­den indi­vidual people mat­ter. They com­plete the work star­ted by…

A Traveler puts his head into the firmament

inviting god

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Now that your swing and sandbox set is installed, tested, and all guarantees, implicit or impossible, are void, and Silly and Serious have tested out your playground – how about inviting imaginary somebodies who might be even more fun to play with? How about the people you love to play with, how about all the…

dreams-for-peace

Playfulness, Play and Games

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Jakko Sternos has recently published his doctoral dissertation, Playfulness, Play and Games. He did his work at Tampere University, under the guidance of one of my much-admired colleagues in play, Professor Frans Mäyrä, author of, among many other insightful publications, An Introduction to Game Studies. You can take comfort in knowing that, thanks to my everso jiggy WordPress…

Duck-Cloud

Clouds

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Cloud watching. Not so much watching, even. Seeing things: hearts, ducks, dinosaurs, faces, lovers. Pretending, almost, that each cloud is like a doodle, a drawing of something imaginary or of unimaginable beauty. Or appreciating. Just, you know, appreciating. “Oy!”, the beauty, the constant change, the infinite, joyous fluff of it all. So, I ask myself,…

dog looking into a mirror

Inviting the inner community

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And on this day, we, breaking all implied Inner Playground Sandbox guarantees, decide to imagine that Silly and Serious at play, together, in our Inner Sandbox, and let them run around as they so often do. Preparation In preparation for the arrival of both Silly and Serious, some of us might want to be sitting, alone,…

sandcastle

Inner Sandox

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How about a sandbox for your inner playground? How about your very own inner construction space where you can play by yourself or with any other self that happens by, peacefully, creatively, joyfully? Multimodal Sand Imagine sand that can take on any color, any thickness, any texture, any weight, any polarity, any smell and any…

We are particularly interested in one kind of fun – the playful kind, the kind of playful that makes us laugh together. Because in laughing together we are sharing the wonder of the fun we create, the love we manifest, the mind-body-soul-deep wellness we share, the momentary lowering of the divisions that separate us.

“To play is to be the bridge between mastery and mystery, chaos and control, the foolishly brave and the bravely foolish.”

– the Oaqui

Bernard De Koven

Bernard De Koven, author of The Well-Played Game and A Playful Path, describes and 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. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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. Listen. You can almost hear the laughter. Breathe. You can almost taste the joy. Listen a little more closely. Breathe a little more deeply. And there it is again. Fun. Real fun. Deep, forever fun.

Fun isn’t the hard thing. The hard thing is remembering to have it ...