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A Salutation
October 29, 2009

Hopefully, the future contributors can keep this up and think of new titles as we grow in numbers.

Now let me introduce myself. I am Kun Woo, a student at Northwestern University, much like the two senior contributors to this blog. Unfortunately, I have not the experience of the years as our two computer scientists. Neither do I have the mathematical prowess as they do. I will try my best though, to provide interesting and notable pieces of information in the world of gaming.

I am a lover of gaming, of all its forms. I probably spend the most time on RPGs and MMORPGs but any and all games are welcome, as long as they are of quality. Hopefully though, I won’t be spending too much time on individual reviews. That all depends though, on my mood at the time. ^^

Yes. I did, in fact, just use an emote. Nonetheless, this is my introduction. Nice to meet you all!

Kun Woo Jun
Asian Extraordinaire?

Greetings!
October 26, 2009

My name is Rudy and I’ll also be contributing to this blog in conjunction with Dan. Like him, I graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with a B.S. in computer engineering. My interests in gaming lie very much in the board game realm. The reason for this are two characteristics common to board games:

  • Direct, face-to-face social interaction; and
  • Varied, player-generated story development

What I most appreciate is that, like a good novel, movie, or other form of passive entertainment, a board game has a plot that places you at the center of the action. Now, this is not to say that I don’t enjoy other forms of gaming; I also have some favorite console and computer games, but in those media I find that the games I like most are, when you boil them down, an electronic implementation of something you could play at your kitchen table.

I’m excited to see where Dan and I (along with future contributors) can take this discussion on gaming. I expect my initial contributions to be very board game–focused and analytical, perhaps drawing on my background in economics to model game mechanics.

Introduction
October 21, 2009

Hello, world! I’m Dan and this is my new weblog. This blog will, hopefully, be dedicated to all things game-related. Now before you all start hurling bricks through your monitors in protest of “yet another gaming blog,” let me explain. I am by no means restricting the content to electronic entertainment. I would love to see articles exploring board games, card counting, game theory, et cetera. Hopefully this will be a place where the curious mind can explore some of the more esoteric aspects of gaming in addition to the usual ranting review.

I feel like it would be useful to start with a quick introduction of myself, so here goes: I’ve recently graduated from Northwestern University with my BS in Computer Engineering and Animate Arts, and I currently reside in Chicago and work for a proprietary trading firm. I’ve always been a gamer, but my years in school cultivated more of an appreciation for the underlying concepts and theory behind the design of games. I’m an on-again-off-again WoW player, a boardgame junkie, a mathematics enthusiast, a programmer, and of course a fan of just about every video game genre (I could do without sports games).

While I feel I have plenty of material just bursting out of my brain and ready to explode onto the page (that’s kinda gross now that I think about it), I hope to recruit other contributors to provide insights and perspectives that alas I cannot. If anyone out there is ever interested in becoming a contributor, just let me know and we can arrange it!

See ya’ll down the dusty trail,

Dan