ConTessa Online Tabletop Gaming Convention

ConTessa Feb 7th- 9thI just heard about ConTessa through the Story Games newsletter with a couple weeks to spare. The convention will be February 7th through 9th on Google Hangout, with games, panels, and more.

But the really awesome thing? While the convention is open to attendees of any gender, the conference and all the games will be run by women. And there’s a big emphasis on getting more women into game design, including a panel discussion with indie game designers Meguey Baker of Night Sky Games, Emily Care Boss of Black and Green Games, and Brie Sheldon from Daedalum Analog Productions. And it’s free, so you really have no excuse…

“The Internet’s down. Guess we’ll all have to resort to sexting.”

Cards Against LibrarianshipThe Cards against Librarianship starter deck has arrived! Print-and-play, at least. If you’re not familiar with the original Cards Against Humanity, it’s pitched as a “party game for horrible people,” a sort of misanthropic Apples to Apples, and licensed for free download under Creative Commons. Emily Lloyd over at Shelfcheck has come up with her own library-themed version, suitable for all your afterhours librarian drinking binges.

The Monday MOOC: Social Issues Through Comic Books

Social Issues Through Comic BooksChristina Blanch, who brought you the Gender Through Comics MOOC I mentioned last year, has a new MOOC beginning March 10th, 2014. The six-month course, Social Issues Through Comic Books will be examining “topics such as social inequality, the environment, government intervention, addiction, and information privacy” through the lens of comics such as Scalped, Daredevil, and Swamp Thing.

And while I’m on the topic, a brief word about the recent reports that MOOCs are taken largely by people who already hold degrees and that only a relative handful of MOOC participants actually stick around to the end. To that I can say guilty on both counts: I already have four degrees, and I’ve never actually completed any of the MOOCs I’ve begun. But since I only ever thought of MOOCs as a bit of idle edutainment anyway, not a replacement for the structure and support that comes with formal education, I’m not really all that disappointed. But, you know, sad trombone noise for all the higher ed administrators who thought MOOCs could ratchet up their student-to-instructor ratio a thousandfold…