2014/03/26

FUN LEARNING (GAMES & LEARNING)

Enterprises need knowledge workers (Peter Drucker, 1959!) with an agile mind to cope with a VUCA world (a world full of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity).
Games are problem solving activities where one can learn while making decisions. I find that what we call serious games are a little dull, so I play board games with my students. It's very engaging for them (they even forget to ask for the traditional cigarette pause!). Here is a little video (unfortunately in french; you can see 22 years old students working on a negotiation course):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUwumSbI2Ho&feature=player_embedded
The game is Chinatown.

Board games are easier than video games to use in education (for small groups).

So, are games a good way for learning? I think so, and I experiment it with my students in marketing and management. Unsurprisingly they love fun learning!




When we are in project management course we play Forbidden Island and The Resistance.

Games are also a good way to experiment agile thinking (scrum framework in particular) with lego: http://www.lego4scrum.com








Why games are good for learning?
- here is a PREZI to answer this question: http://prezi.com/u3u4xvlf5u5q/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
- and here a research paper (in english) about this topic: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17107520&ini=aob 
- an other here (in french): http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00846779
- finally a PREZI (in french) to explain why games are good to deal with complexity (system thinking):
http://prezi.com/nz7iouhzpels/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

What students think of all of this (in french):

What I would love to experiment is playing All Things Zombie (ATZ) with my students as a collaborative/survivalist simulation... (Ed if you read this I'll take all your insights to play fun ATZ games with serious purposes: how a collaborative management is more efficient to survive in a zombie world...).

2014/01/19

A lot of lead (at last!)

Saturday I played my first game in the club for at least one year! We played a Warmaster battle: Lizardmen (François and I) against Orks (David) and Demons (Loic). It was The Warmaster Day.
We weren't alone. There were The Uncharted Seas and Epic games too.

WARMASTER







EPIC ARMAGEDDON







THE UNCHARTED SEAS




A great time with great friends!

2014/01/03

Gaming in 2013 and 2014

The last day of 2013 was a good one on the gaming side: Galaxy Trucker (ranked number one by my friends), Rattus, Timeline and King of Tokyo (the boys - from almost 5 years old to 12 - love this game). 2014 started well too with two games of King of Tokyo.





In December I managed to play one more game of 1775 (still very pleasant) and one game of Expedition Altiplano  (a fun game) with its game designer (a good friend of mine).





With tons of work, 2013 wasn't a big gaming year with friends so I played a lot with my iPad as I wrote it on this post. My 2013 Favorite Digital Game is Lord of Waterdeep with 75 games played!

2013/11/13

A small step for my son, a giant leap to RPG?

After having seen E.T. with my four (and a half - it's important for him that I mention it) years old son I decided it was time to play a D&D-like game: HERO, Immortal King: The Infernal Forge.







Not an unforgettable game, BUT, maybe the first (little) step to RPG?!  ;-)

2013/11/11

1775: Rebellion

Last Saturday we played 1775: Rebellion.





The system is simple (and easy to learn), yet deep and full of strategy.
Can't wait to play it some more.