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

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Not Playing Yet


Whenever you lead a game with a large group there are always people who don’t play. They may play a little, and then stop. Or take a long time before they start. Or spend the time talking to each other, or just watching. Let’s call these people “Not Playing Yet.” As the game leader, you can…


It’s a musical thing


In the following snippet from a lecture by Alan Watts we have a wonderfully vivid metaphor for imagining what I call the “playful path.”  He uses the word “music” the way I use the words “play” “fun” and “playfulness.” He suggests that if life were compared to music, it would be a bit more obvious that rushing it along…

compose yourself

educational fun


I published the following review of a new game from ThinkFun just yesterday. I decided that it needed to be published again, on this site, because as I reviewed the game I realized that what I was playing with was the very future of learning – a future that I have been hoping to experience, and,…


Adultitus is the Anti-Fun


The following comes to you from the “fun size” of the Kotecki’s new book Penguins Can’t Fly (click for free, and far more graphically enticing download) Most people have a hard time admitting that they’re living by rules that don’t exist. At first glance, it might be hard to even think of any. But if…

alive in the face of death

Tragic Fun


Alive: In The Face of Death. Rankin Exhibition, Liverpool, 2013 from Phil kelly on Vimeo. A couple years ago, there was an exhibit called “Alive: In The Face of Death.” It was by photographer Rankin, and displayed at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool in 2013. Take a few minutes to watch the video. It’s going to…

Auguste Rodin The Kiss

Play as defined by a kiss


The kissing muscle (a.k.a. lips), according to the Wikipedians, “consists of numerous strata of muscular fibers surrounding the orifice of the mouth, but having different direction. It consists partly of fibers derived from the other facial muscles which are inserted into the lips, and partly of fibers proper to the lips.” So, when we kiss,…

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 ...