Big Game Theory!

Musings on games, design, and the theory of everything.
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About, about, in reel and rout

Oliver Kiley
United States
Ann Arbor
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Welcome! I’ve slowly been accumulating a list of, what I think, is blog worthy material. But of course I didn’t have a blog in which to post. And I didn’t have a blog because, frankly, I was hung up on what to name it.

Blog’s are supposed to have a catchy and interesting name, right? Be a little witty? Well for me, being witty only extends to making bad puns, so hence the name Big Game Theory!, a mostly humorless play on words. It does at least conjure up some idea of what this blog will be about:

d10-1 Games;

d10-2 Theories, be it on the subject of game design, scientific inquiry, fiction, the search for the theory of everything, or frankly any other topic;

d10-3 Bigness, because bigger is better, except when it isn’t

So there you have it. Now I have blog, so I better get writing! I’ve also decided that I’m going to strive to be more concise in my writing than normal. I’ve often been criticized for being too verbose, so this blog is chance to keep things crisp and to the point. This will inevitably mean lots of bullet lists and convoluted abbreviations.

To kick things off, a little about myself.

1 I’ve recently become a family man, having a 5 month old daughter (well my wife had her, I mostly stood there with my jaw on the floor). It has been amazing and challenging.

2 I’m a landscape architect. My works primarily involves regional, city, and district, planning, urban design, green infrastructure systems, ecological restoration, recreation and non-motorized planning, and community engagement. I don’t mow lawns, trim shrubs, or know the best tree to plant next to your azaleas. For that, you’ll need to go talk to a landscape architect.

3 I’ve been a gamer all my life, including board games, video games (PC mostly), and RPG’s (mostly reading rule books). More specifically, I’m a perpetual game tinkerer. I can rarely play a game, of any kind, and move on without first delving into a litany of ideas about how it could be improved, tweaked, or expanded.

4 Other interests include rock climbing, reading science fiction, tinkering with and playing paintball, cycling (road), and drinking beer.

That’s all for the time being. Next, we’ll be looking at what I feel are highpoints in my gaming past (and maybe yours).

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