Banished: It Takes a Village to Raise a Surplus

Sep 21, 16 Banished: It Takes a Village to Raise a Surplus

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This article is part four of a four-part series on the future of quantification in history. For the thematic introduction to the series, please click here. Or click on the following links for part one, part two, or part three.   Kaplunk: “Your reserve in tools is low.” Kaplunk: “Your reserve in firewood is low.”...

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Big Data: Endgame of Virtual History

Jun 01, 16 Big Data: Endgame of Virtual History

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This article is part one of a four-part series on the future of quantification in history. For the thematic introduction to the series, please click here.   At face value, it might appear to the casual reader of Play the Past, that the main focus of this blog is the treatment of historical experience in the medium of...

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Troubleshooting a History Through Gaming Course

Jul 18, 12 Troubleshooting a History Through Gaming Course

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It’s summertime, and while that doesn’t automatically mean I have nothing to do but lounge around all the time in workout gear watching Food Network cooking shows and tweeting about it, it usually means I have a bit more time and headspace to mull over new ideas than I do during the hectic academic year. This summer is no...

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Pastwatch Reflections: Cause, Counterfactual, and Fracturing the Past

Feb 08, 12 Pastwatch Reflections: Cause, Counterfactual, and Fracturing the Past

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This is the final post in series exploring how the story of Orson Scot Card’s book Pastwatch gets readers to play with and explore their own models of the past. The first post discussed the way the book’s claim that we are living in an altered history helps us approach the past as a strange and peculiar set of events....

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Causal Models as Historical Toys: Playing Pastwatch 3

Jan 18, 12 Causal Models as Historical Toys: Playing Pastwatch 3

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This is the third post in a four part series exploring how the story of Orson Scot Card’s book Pastwatch gets readers to play with and explore their own models of the past. The first post discussed the way the book’s claim that we are living in an altered history helps us approach the past as a strange and peculiar set...

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