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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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