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New Planning Methods

This is a writeup of my talk at the event ‘Nieuwe Planningsmethoden‘ (‘New Planning Methods’) in Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam on October 8, 2015. Hello. My name is Kars Alfrink. I am a designer and partner at Hubbub, a small playful design agency, based in Utrecht and Berlin. Hubbub helps organisations do things with games, […]

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Week 291

I’m writing this from the Netherlands where I spent this week taking meetings alongside Kars. I’ll be off to Berlin tomorrow while Kars is in Eindhoven for the first run of Camparc II at the STRP biennial. He did a technical test on Monday and final bits of production for what should be a spectacular […]

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Week 283

The biggest event this week was that we fulfilled the preorders for Bycatch and sent everybody a newsletter with updates. That took up a lot of our time and attention as well as fixing some last minute hiccups and making sure everything was right. At the time I’m writing this I’m seeing the first games […]

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Week 276

Last week we finished a lot of stuff which is really nice. Bycatch is now ready to print thanks to the efforts of Kars and Ties. I presented about the concept at Talk and Play and did an impromptu playtest both of which were very well received. We’re now planning how to tell people about […]

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Week 258

The studio is on a bit of a summer schedule with one principal gone on holiday and me finishing things before I go on mine. Most of my time has been spent doing maintenance on existing projects, moving forward new ones and lots of social calls for lunch/dinner/coffee. Two current projects did see significant progress: […]

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Week 246

A large part of our time these weeks is spent writing proposals. A lot of things are heading our way so that’s good and it’s a welcome change from making things, which we’ve been doing for the past months. One fairly crystallised concept, codenamed SHIJIMI, is moving forward steadily and another, about Tokyo is in […]

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The Gameful City, a preview of my chapter for The Gameful World

This year, MIT Press will publish The Gameful World, a book edited by Steffen P. Walz and Sebastian Deterding to which I’ve contributed a chapter. The book will cover approaches in gameful and playful design, how it can be applied to a range of fields and its common issues. For example, Ian Bogost will expand […]

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Designing Gamification in Paris

Tomorrow I’ll be off to Paris for the Designing Gamification workshop at this year’s ACM SIGCHI event. I’m looking forward to contributing our experience as practitioners making games to the workshop. We think that it would be fantastic if efforts at gamification were led by actual game designers. I also hope that this (along with […]

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Week 182

On Monday Alper got good news about our submission to the gamification research network workshop at CHI. Our position paper was accepted, which means we’ll be there to contribute to the discussion. Alper has promised me he’ll talk a bit more about our submission here soon. Meanwhile that same day, I spent some time fine […]

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Week 179

This will be some short notes where I had been floored by flu over the weekend and Kars spent most of his time in Utrecht pushing everything along for the concept presentation of KAIGARA. Since this week you can also register for updates on the Gameful World, the book Kars is contributing to. In between […]

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