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  • “One of the things that happens in my house on the holidays is after dessert, we sit down to a very ambitious men-versus-women game of Trivial Pursuit. It’s brutal. And there’s a trophy.” – Bobby Flay Perhaps the competition in your family is as strenuous as in Bobby Flay’s; perhaps not. With the holidays and family time ahead of us, let’s discuss the merits of sharing Game play with our loved ones during this season, and how these times actually become in our memories perhaps the most cherished of the gifts we share. Games are the gateway to community. Allow me to re-introduce myself.  I am Jonathan Albin, the Game Market Guru, transforming lives through organized play. I write under, […]

    GameSlinger Revealed: The Game Market Guru’s Holiday Games Guide

    “One of the things that happens in my house on the holidays is after dessert, we sit down to a very ambitious men-versus-women game of Trivial Pursuit. It’s brutal. And there’s a trophy.” – Bobby Flay Perhaps the competition in your family is as strenuous as in Bobby Flay’s; perhaps not. With the holidays and family time ahead of us, let’s discuss the merits of sharing Game play with our loved ones during this season, and how these times actually become in our memories perhaps the most cherished of the gifts we share. Games are the gateway to community. Allow me to re-introduce myself.  I am Jonathan Albin, the Game Market Guru, transforming lives through organized play. I write under, […]

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  • I suffer from the greatest fear that ever beset mankind.  It isn’t arachnophobia (fear of spiders) nor agoraphobia (fear of crowds)… it isn’t even triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13).  I fear success. Oh, I have had my share of positive, lucky, optimal situations so that most would consider me a “success”. I didn’t succumb to drugs and alcohol. I did well enough in school to make my folks proud. I had children, and my son has himself become a sterling example of a US Marine. I have never been bankrupt, I have never been in jail. And I own a house and a car. Ba da bing, ba da boom, I am a success, right? Hardly. My coworkers are […]

    I’ll succeed… when I get around to it.

    I suffer from the greatest fear that ever beset mankind.  It isn’t arachnophobia (fear of spiders) nor agoraphobia (fear of crowds)… it isn’t even triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13).  I fear success. Oh, I have had my share of positive, lucky, optimal situations so that most would consider me a “success”. I didn’t succumb to drugs and alcohol. I did well enough in school to make my folks proud. I had children, and my son has himself become a sterling example of a US Marine. I have never been bankrupt, I have never been in jail. And I own a house and a car. Ba da bing, ba da boom, I am a success, right? Hardly. My coworkers are […]

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  • It’s time to admit it… I’m a hobbit. In the immortal words of Bilbo Baggins, in “There and Back Again: A Hobbit’s Tale”, the description of the species suits me to a “T”. If there are others that challenge the entirety of that description, well, I can only ascribe my inordinate height to Entwater. Let others claim to be kings, adventurers, and heroes. Just let me be in my home under the Hill. Oh, don’t think of this as a complaint; I am wholly willing and happy to be so. But I feel it’s high time that I embrace what I am. It just seems good and right to embrace the truth. Who knows, if enough of us acknowledge this, […]

    I’m coming out. Of Bag End.

    It’s time to admit it… I’m a hobbit. In the immortal words of Bilbo Baggins, in “There and Back Again: A Hobbit’s Tale”, the description of the species suits me to a “T”. If there are others that challenge the entirety of that description, well, I can only ascribe my inordinate height to Entwater. Let others claim to be kings, adventurers, and heroes. Just let me be in my home under the Hill. Oh, don’t think of this as a complaint; I am wholly willing and happy to be so. But I feel it’s high time that I embrace what I am. It just seems good and right to embrace the truth. Who knows, if enough of us acknowledge this, […]

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  • Have you ever played “Chutes ‘n’ Ladders” or “Tic-tac-toe”? Of course you have. If so, you know why the world is a safer place. And you’re to blame for all that’s wrong with America. Have you ever played “Cops ‘n’ Robbers” or “Cowboys ‘n’ Indians”? Of course you have. If so, you know why we can say “f*ck” in almost any conversation, but we face the gallows figuratively if we say the “N-word”.  And you’re to blame for the intolerance of America.  (Ironically, the Editor censored specific words within this piece driving the author’s point home!) Have you ever played “Monopoly” or “Life”? Of course you have. If so, you know why Bernie Madoff made off with so much money […]

    Running with Scissors. Cars with Fins. Fun with Games.

    Have you ever played “Chutes ‘n’ Ladders” or “Tic-tac-toe”? Of course you have. If so, you know why the world is a safer place. And you’re to blame for all that’s wrong with America. Have you ever played “Cops ‘n’ Robbers” or “Cowboys ‘n’ Indians”? Of course you have. If so, you know why we can say “f*ck” in almost any conversation, but we face the gallows figuratively if we say the “N-word”.  And you’re to blame for the intolerance of America.  (Ironically, the Editor censored specific words within this piece driving the author’s point home!) Have you ever played “Monopoly” or “Life”? Of course you have. If so, you know why Bernie Madoff made off with so much money […]

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  • When I was a child, I was fascinated by clocks. They told time. Now, what they told it, I have never figured out, but I was curious nonetheless. Times back then had names… bath time, nap time, lunch time… but you can’t call back the time once it goes by. But the coaches in football games could call time. Again, I couldn’t figure out what they called it… or what it would say if it answered. My folks took time to read to me. They took time for dinner. They gave me time out, and mom whiled away the time on the phone. I didn’t see any time on it in the first place. But according to the newscasts, criminals […]

    Where did the time go?

    When I was a child, I was fascinated by clocks. They told time. Now, what they told it, I have never figured out, but I was curious nonetheless. Times back then had names… bath time, nap time, lunch time… but you can’t call back the time once it goes by. But the coaches in football games could call time. Again, I couldn’t figure out what they called it… or what it would say if it answered. My folks took time to read to me. They took time for dinner. They gave me time out, and mom whiled away the time on the phone. I didn’t see any time on it in the first place. But according to the newscasts, criminals […]

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  • It happened again. As Charlie Brown used to say, in the Peanuts strip, “I can’t stand it”. It completely drives me crazy when anyone asks: “So, what do you do for a living?” The question is innocuous enough, and not meant to be other than the kind associated with small talk and introductions.  Small talk shouldn’t be this hard. The person asking has probably just told me they are plumber, a teacher, an associate executive merchandising division manager. Those terms are all fairly easily digestible, and go down easy, like the weather or the traffic coming into town today. My answers always seem to shift from the shallow to the deeper end of the conversation pool in an instant. “Oh, […]

    By way of Introduction

    It happened again. As Charlie Brown used to say, in the Peanuts strip, “I can’t stand it”. It completely drives me crazy when anyone asks: “So, what do you do for a living?” The question is innocuous enough, and not meant to be other than the kind associated with small talk and introductions.  Small talk shouldn’t be this hard. The person asking has probably just told me they are plumber, a teacher, an associate executive merchandising division manager. Those terms are all fairly easily digestible, and go down easy, like the weather or the traffic coming into town today. My answers always seem to shift from the shallow to the deeper end of the conversation pool in an instant. “Oh, […]

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