Throwback Thursday: Senet — One of the First Board Games in History

Senet Game

Time for another installment of Throwback Thursday — a popular meme re-imagined.

Today’s Throwback Thursday: The Ancient Game of Senet

Senet is one of the first-ever board games that we know about.  This image, below, is of a wall relief painting inside the tomb of Queen Nefertari. In this image, she is playing Senet.  Senet was known to ancient Egyptians as the “game of passing.” By the time Queen Nefertari came around, the game had been played in Egypt for well over a thousand years.

Queen Nefertari Playing Senet, Tomb of Nefertari

Queen Nefertari Playing Senet, Tomb of Nefertari
Period: New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty: Dynasty 19
Reign: reign of Ramesses II
Date: ca. 1279–1213 B.C.

How Reality-Based Games Are Transforming Our Understanding of ‘Play’ [VIDEO]

 Gamification of…the World?

Keynoting at Casual Connect Asa 2012 on “How Reality-Based Games Are Transforming Our Understanding of ‘Play'”

In May, I had a chance to keynote a session at Casual Connect: Asia. This was my first time ever visiting Singapore. I was really impressed by the level of activity happening in Singapore, China, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and The Philippines in terms of game development and the gaming industry in general.

Casual Connect Asia was a really special event for me. I met so many talented entrepreneurs and developers, interested investors, and people trying to make their mark in this every-growing and ever-competitive game industry landscape.

Playmatics’ Margaret Wallace On Reality-Based Social Gaming

Shadow Government is coming soon to a smart-phone near you.

Here is a re-print of a recent interview I conducted for a great publication, called Socialistic, on our forthcoming game (Shadow Government) and on the topic of reality-based social gaming in general. The original interview can be found here. Enjoy!

The Socialistic Interview: Playmatics’ Margaret Wallace On Reality-Based Social Gaming

Shadow Government is a new “reality-based” social game being developed by Playmatics founders Margaret Wallace and Nick Fortugno in collaboration with Philippe Trawnika (formerly of the investment firm in partnership with the Millennium Institute. According to a description in TechCrunch, the game is a massive project that will “use economic and sustainability data, and government-modeling software from the Millennium Institute to give players a chance to build and run, or destroy their own virtual countries.”

“Killer Game Loops in Social Games” — Great Presentation from @wooga

Killer Game Loops -- Like "Froot Loops" -- Can Be Totally Addictive, Yo.

The Berlin-based social gaming company, wooga, has seemingly come out of “nowhere” to become the 2nd top social gaming company on Facebook — right up there after Zynga. The truth of the matter is that this young company — founded in 2009 — has found meteoric success because they apparently made a series of smart moves along the way — starting with their first game, Brain Buddies. As a start-up owner, it’s amazing to me how the seemingly small decisions can contribute to the bottom line of the health and life of a company just as much as those big decisions.