SIMAGES: The NASAGA Newsletter

Volume 14 Issue 2

From the Chair | Simages August 2014

From the Chair

By Anastasia Salter

I recently introduced a new group of gamers to Resistance, a card game, and we played many rounds during late-night gaming sessions at the NASAGA conference in Sarasota last year. Our game quickly turned to shouting and scheming as we negotiated the power dynamics of hypothetical revolution and betrayal. These enduring game mechanics of Resistance serve as a prompt for social machinations and manipulations and the resulting conversations can provide an impetus for reconsidering teamwork…


2014 Conference Highlights | Simages August 2014

Highlights of the 2014 Conference

By Anastasia Salter

With summer upon us, the NASAGA conference crew is gearing up and getting ready to welcome you to Baltimore October 8 through 11, 2014. We’re thrilled to have received session proposals from a range of designers, trainers, and educators, including both people new to NASAGA and familiar voices from our community. Expect a conference filled with new games, improvisation, participant-driven unconference dialogues, and more.


Becoming a Virtual Presenter | Simages August 2014

Becoming a “Virtual Presenter”

By Stephanie Pollack, et al

At NASAGA’s 2013 conference in Sarasota, FL, Stephanie Pollack and a group of students led a workshop from their base in Singapore.  By blending a recorded video presentation with on-site facilitation, the group was able to offer a highly interactive learning experience for conference participants about the importance of appreciation in organizations. 


Keep the River Flowing | Simages August 2014

Keep the River Flowing:

Creating a Board Game at the 2013 NASAGA Conference

By Jo Ann Froman

NASAGA’s 2013 conference Play by Design: a Bridge to Learning was held in my home town of Sarasota, Florida. As the Director of Learning and Development for Goodwill Manasota, Inc. based in Sarasota, Florida, I was very excited to have my team attend the conference and design a board game together.


Richard Powers: A Rememberance | Simages August 2014

Richard Brian Powers of Oceanside, a novelist, playwright, mime performer, professor and wide-ranging educator and game designer, died peacefully surrounded by family, at his home Thursday, March 27, 2014.


You can find out even more about Richard in his article “How I Became Addicted to games. His classic simulation, The New Commons Game will be featured at the 2014 conference

How I Became Addicted to Simulation and Games | Simages August 2014

How I Became Addicted to Simulations and Games

Richard B. Powers

Three outstanding teachers stimulated my interest in alternative methods of education and made me receptive to simulations and games. At my first gaming conference, I discovered the value of simulations and games by playing games rather than by listening to lectures.


Learn by Doing | Simages August 2014

Learn by Doing:

Activity-Based Learning for Contractors, Architects, and Engineers

By Brent Darnell

When I first started with gamification and applied improvisation for learning, I was skeptical.  I warned the participants that this would be out of their comfort zones and they would be uncomfortable.  And guess what?  They WERE uncomfortable.


Interview with Ron Stadsklev | Simages Aug. 2014

Spanning the Changes in Game Design
An Interview with Ron StadsklevRon Stadsklev has dedicated his life to the improvement of teaching and learning while using games and simulations. Teacher, professor, mentor and author ofHandbook of Simulation Gaming in Social Education, Ron is a visionary who was far ahead of his time in understanding the essential nature of experiential learning.