Mad Scientists Game Test: Stress+Hardwork+Numerous Tests+Discussions=Success

Firstly, I will start this blog off with the following: . . . AND BREATHE!!!!!   Testing our games today with the elementary school children was a blast. I was so stressed and nervous about the game. When we arrived into the classroom and presented the children with the board, rules, cards, and fractions pieces, it got real. The entirety of the first ten minutes of game testing was nerve-wracking. After a complete rotation of the children for a turn, they were interacting with each other with the different mechanics, like trading, stealing pieces from each other, and of course, battling for pieces using greater than or less than fractions. All of these were intended to happen and it was a resounding success and a hit with the children.   There were some funny moments during the time of the game test. Most notably, this poor boy, Aiden, I think his name was, kept spinning either steal spaces or trades. In our...
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Time to Shuffle The Decks: A Look Into Magic:The Gathering and Feminism (A Personal Account)

In the last post, I had wrote about Magic: The Gathering and Feminism and how they coincide with one another, as well as the needs of feminism in the community. I discussed The Lady Planeswalkers Society, its goals and ordinances and finally, re-examined the 2012 case of Jackie Lee and her push for a MTG championship and its dark, disturbing narrative while she pushed on into the tournament.For this post, However, I would like to take the time and write something more personal and give some insight into what I experience playing Magic with my friends on campus and how it has been coming along since the beginning of the semester.Normally, I have played Magic with a group of guys up in the Game Zone we have on campus. We have a fun time, especially with different deck match-ups and just passing time in between classes. This fall semester has yielded some different results. I am not going too name...
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Time to Shuffle The Decks: A Look Into Magic:The Gathering and Feminism (Dueling it out)

   Aforementioned in the last post, this is where everything falls into place and we examine where the two sides meet. Through organizations, rulings, and general humanity, we see were there are still divides in the MTG community about women in the competitive circuit, as well as local play, but we also see strong and formidable efforts to ensure a fun and special experience for all playing the game.   I had mentioned them briefly in my first post, but now for the details. Time to get into the Lady Planeswalker Society. Jennifer "Tifa" Robles, a current writer for Wizards of the Coast (WOTC), as well as a feminist activist, Robles founded the group with the intention of making MTG an all inclusive game and not just something that falls by the wayside while men dominate the environment. According to the groups' Anti-Harassment Policy: "The Lady Planeswalkers Society is dedicated to providing a harassment-free space and experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender...
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Time to Shuffle The Decks: A Look into Magic:The Gathering and Feminism (A Look into Feminism)

   Previously, I discussed the basic rules and functions of cards of the game, Magic: The Gathering. Now, to get into the portion of the blog series that has a strong following throughout centuries, but always has criticism: Feminism. This post is going to dive into the history of the feminist movement and its criticisms with prior knowledge learned in my Media Studies Class, History 312 (New Deal to Great Society), as well as reading 'Women's history, feminist history', by Professor June Hannam of the University of the West of England. It is important to discuss this aspect because most people of the current generation might not have any idea how long these ideals and beliefs have been held for and fought for. Hannam states:    Women's history and feminist history are often used interchangeably but this serves to play down the specific approach of feminist historians. Feminists argue that the power relationship between men and women is just as important as that between social classes in understanding...
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Time to Shuffle The Decks: A Look into Magic:The Gathering and Feminism (A look into Magic:The Gathering and its Rules)

   As a continuation of the introductory blog post, I will now delve deeper into Magic: The Gathering (MTG)'s rules and game-play. This will hopefully introduce those who either have not heard of Magic, or, have heard of it, but haven't had the opportunity to learn to play. Lets take a brief look into MTG's history, then get into the rules and game-play.   Magic is the brainchild of Richard Garfield, a mathematics professor and game designer. He came up with the idea of Magic during the 1980's and into the 90's while in talks with Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) of developing a new game that wouldn't have to utilize too many resources and not cost too much to produce. Garfield went and developed the concept of Magic from previous game ideas he had toyed around with. To help test the game, Garfield asked a bunch of friends at The University of Penn to play test the game with him...
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Time to Shuffle The Decks: A Look into Magic:The Gathering and Feminism (An Introduction)

    If you were to go to the student center's Game Zone, on campus here at Shepherd University - you will see a decent amount of students playing a variety of games, from League of Legends, to Hearthstone, to the Pokemon Trading Card Game, and finally, one of the most popular Trading Card Games (TCG) in the business, Magic: The Gathering. There is an abundance of students of varying backgrounds, ages and skill levels that gather in the Game Zone to play MTG matches against one another or in groups. Recently, we have been having female friends and onlookers gain interest in the activity or bring decks that they used to play, but lost interest in playing the game until coming to college and seeing how many players there are on campus.A Casual game of Magic: The Gathering (Photo By: Joshua Kelley)   This interest in the activity however, does have its undertakings . . . and sadly its an...
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