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Guide to Clean Living: May 26 playlist

Conrad Clifton – Crystal Handgun – Picture in Picture Sub Liquid – Monday Whispers – Beneath Your Reflection ( Self-Released ) Cosmo Sheldrake – I Threw a Rock Into the Sea Segilola – Somewhere Along the Line Tycho – Dye – Awake ( Ghostly ) Arto Lindsay – Invoke – The Encyclopedia of Arto Linday … Continue reading

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The Guide to Clean Living

Well, first edition of the new show. There’s some fine-tuning to do–I need to figure out how to balance the more synthetic stuff with the classic soul and groovy soundtrack stuff that I love so much–but it’ll get there eventually. In the meantime, here’s what you heard (or missed, as the case may be). Artist - … Continue reading

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Forbidden Planet and making the sound of the future

I helped out the Calgary Cinematheque Society’s soundtrack series today with a 10-minute speech on the soundtrack to Forbidden Planet. It actually barely scratches the surface on what’s interesting about the first fully electronic score ever composed, but if you’re curious what you missed, here it is. (Forgive the formatting; it wasn’t really meant to … Continue reading

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Boxed Worlds: Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island

Co-operative games aren’t much fun unless they’re challenging. There’s a mild thrill that comes from saving the world from viral infection or invasion by eldritch gods, but when the results are a foregone conclusion, it’s hard to feel particularly invested. Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island (Portal Games) seems to understand this. In fact, when … Continue reading

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Boxed Worlds: The Board Game Retreat

Near the end of December, I got an email from one of the organizers of Fallcon, Calgary’s largest board game convention (yes, there are multiple board game conventions in Calgary), inviting me to a “board game invitational weekend” in Canmore. It’s an annual tradition, he said, to invite “ambassadors to the hobby,” and because I’ve … Continue reading

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Objects without stories

(Note: This post is quite Calgary-based, and not particularly well-researched, so take with large amounts of sodium) I’ve always been one of those people who needs to read every placard in a museum. Looking at objects is one thing, but without context to understand what makes them unique or interesting, its just so much stuff. Once … Continue reading

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Boxed Worlds: Hanabi

(First published at ffwdweekly.com) Can board games make you a better person? There are plenty of games that can hone your strategic thinking skills or stretch your creativity. Just as often, though, games turn you into a manipulative, scheming sociopath, even if it’s only for a half-hour at a time. Are those skills transferable? Absolutely. … Continue reading

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Why bother? A response to a question

For the last few months, I’ve been helping to organize a project as a tribute to Chris Reimer, a friend of mine who passed away in 2012. It’s officially taking place through the not-for-profit where I work, the Quickdraw Animation Society, but most of the organizing has happened outside of office hours, and with help … Continue reading

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Boxed Worlds: Christmas picks

Think of this column as one mighty stone being used to kill three birds. It’s a holiday gift guide, a catch-up on some notable, new-ish (for board games, at least) releases, and an intro to the tastes of three of Calgary’s prime board game institutions: Myth Games, Sentry Box and Dickens Pub’s Gamer Sundays. Because … Continue reading

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Boxed Worlds: Agricola

(Originally published at ffwdweekly.com) The best online resource for the game-obsessed is easily BoardGameGeek.com, which uses two different rating systems to rank games: the average rating and the geek rating. That second one is almost always the lower of the two, and usually rewards games that are all about pure strategy — games where every decision … Continue reading

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