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Gen Con 50: Dized

While I don’t mind reading through a rulebook, teaching games continues to challenge me.  I don’t have a problem getting the rules of the game, but translating them to the the people at the table seems to be difficult.  Plenty of videos explaining the rules have been created, but they can be time consuming.

Dized currently has an Indiegogo campaign to try to fund their Dized application.  At Gen Con 50, I talked with CEO Jouni Jussila about their application and what makes it different than reading the rules or watching a video.  The major selling point of Dized is that you learn as you play, similar to a tutorial for a video game.

I also got a brief demo of how to play Carcassonne.  The demo is polished and does a great job explaining the game.  While the demo does crash, it does a great job explaining how to play the game without opening the rulebook.  With more games coming and many publishers on board, it looks like a great resource teaching how to play games.

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While not working as a Database Administrator, Keith Schleicher has been associated with Gaming Trend since 2003. While his love of video games started with the Telestar Alpha (a pong console with four different games), he trule started playing video games when he received the ill-fated TI-99/4A. While the Speech Synthesizer seemed to be the height of gaming, eventually a 286 AT computer running at 8/12 Hz and a CGA monitor would be his outlet for a while. Eventually he’d graduate to 386, 486, Pentium, and Athlon systems, building some of those systems while doing some hardware reviews and attending Comdex. With the release of the Dreamcast that started his conversion to the console world. Since then he has acquired an NES, SNES, PS2, PS3, PSP, GBA-SP, DS, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One S, Gamecube, Wii, Switch, and Oculus Quest 2. While not playing video games he enjoys bowling, reading, playing board games, listening to music, and watching movies and TV. He originally hails from Wisconsin but is now living in Michigan with his wife and sons.

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