February 2015

Note from the Chair
by Melissa Peterson
It doesn’t seem that long ago that our former Chair, Greg Koeser, was inviting me to my very first NASAGA Conference. We were in the middle of a game of DIXIT… At the time, I had no idea how much impact that one game would end up having for me – I have not missed a NASAGA Conference since! Read more

Conference Report
by Anastasia Salter
Thank you everyone who joined us in 2014 for our conference in Baltimore! I enjoyed meeting everyone and spending a few packed days playing, learning, and exploring new ideas with you. Last year’s conference included some great NASAGA traditions. Read more

NASAGA Awards for 2014
by Linda Slack
Ron Stadsklev, was the recipient of the 2014 Ifill-Raynolds Award. “If life isn’t an adventure, it is nothing at all,” and Ron’s life story reads like an exciting novel of travel and experiences we could only dream about. Read more

Getting Wild with Goose Chase
by Brent Darnell
As part of the entertainment during the gala at the last NASAGA conference, we played a game called GOOSE CHASE. It’s a very simple app-based game. The steps to set this up are easy. Read more

The Gamer Society: An Alternate Reality Game
by Anastasia Salter
Alternate reality games incorporate digital and physical elements to draw players into a story that unfolds alongside “real life,” and can be a great way to get a group of people talking and collaborating. Read more

The Long Game
by Veronica Brown
In an episode of Orange is the New Black, Vee and Suzanne are playing chess. Vee baits Suzanne into capturing a pawn. Vee says, “You keep taking out all the targets in front of you, but you’ve got to think ahead, Suzanne… “It’s called the long game.” Read more

Mohamed Bahgat Interview
by Linda Keller
I am passionate about educational gaming for adults and discovered the NASAGA online community. I joined several Twitter chat meetings – even if they did start at 3:00 AM in Egypt! Read more

Taking Storytelling to the Next Level
by Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan
In my smile-sheet evaluations after my training sessions, I got straight 5’s every time I told a lot of stories… I realized that I have joined the ranks of sleazy politicians and religious cult leaders by depending on stories to let people’s emotions hijack their logical thinking. Read more