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

ME and WE

the me-we connection

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The connection between ME and WE, between self and community, is pretty much what this entire site is about and for. There’s a game that I often use to start out a game session, and to illustrate this very truth. There are at least two different names for this game: Signifying Nothing and The Sound and the…

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Extraordinary Fun

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This article first appeared on A Playful Path. It’s been only slightly modified. The response to this article was so positive and wide-spread that I decided not only to include it on this site, but also to use it as the first in a series of articles exploring this concept. In many ways, these articles…

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Speaking of fun

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For the next several weeks we will be focusing on the underlying philosophies and beliefs that have guided all the articles you find here since the creation of this site some 20 years ago. It’ll be a little theoretical at times, a little, shall we say,”Bernie” at other times, and, hopefully, more than a little fun all the…

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Bears: a paper-and-pencil-game

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For today’s Spanish lesson, we ask: how do you say “bear” in Spanish? You may look it up. I’ll give you a momentito. Yes, that’s correct (probably) – it’s “oso.” Interestingly enough, there’s a game called Juego del Oso. It’s, as you guessed, a Spanish game. And yet, as you may not have guessed, it’s…

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Still in play, just not playing

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When you’re playing a game, for example, or a sport, even, and someone gets hurt, you stop playing – almost. You’re still in play, still a member of one team or another, you still want to win and probably still think you can. But the clock has stopped. And you’re concerned, for the time being,…

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You ARE Playful

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In case you hadn’t noticed, you are a very playful being. Whether you play in public, or not; whether you play games, or not; whether you have toys, or not – you are playful. I’m writing this to you because I can imagine, given all the stuff about playfulness you find on this site, and…

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 ...