Notes from the Roman Camp

Apr 18, 17

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Setting the Stage Playing The Creative Assembly’s Rome: Total War (2004) is a manner of performing history. When the map loads, the Mediterranean world appears under a technicolor backdrop of young factions ready to be swallowed up by the Roman banners. The first playthrough only permits players to select among three Roman...

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Meaningful Choices in Twine, History & Counterfactual History (PoH Notes, Part 2)

Mar 23, 17

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Path of Honors (here at my Twine site on philome.la) is an experimental interactive history that I am designing in bits and pieces. The plan is to model an aristocratic Roman as he played the game of politics and sought to win election to offices and gain prestige and dignity for himself and his family. PoH  is skeletal...

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Path of Honors — Thoughts behind the design of an interactive history

Feb 18, 17

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Path of Honors (here at my Twine site on philome.la) is an experimental interactive history that I am designing in bits and pieces. The plan is to model an aristocratic Roman as he played the game of politics and sought to win election to offices and gain prestige and dignity for himself and his family. PoH  is skeletal...

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Path of Honors Update

Dec 18, 16

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As I noted in my last post Meaningful Choices – (Twine Developer Diary) – Part 3, I have been working on developing my own Twine interactive history alongside the projects my students are designing. With the winter vacation, I’m hoping to post an update on the student projects and another analysis...

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At the Gates: An Interview with Jon Shafer

Feb 06, 13 At the Gates: An Interview with Jon Shafer

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I had the opportunity to sit down with Jon Shafer of Conifer Games last week. Some of you may know him as the modder turned lead game designer of a little game called Civilization V. Currently, he’s working on a new project called At the Gates, a single-player turn-based strategy game focused not on the rise of civilization,...

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