Deloitte logoDeloitte is seeking to hire a game designer for government consulting work. The game designer will be part of a team at Deloitte that provides e-learning, simulations, and serious games.

Applicants are expected to have professional experience in game design, should be prepared to have responsibility for both overall game concept and production details, and will be required to obtain a security clearance. The position is located in Arlington, Virginia.

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BoardGameCons is a site were you can find the nearest board gaming conventions to you, and when they’re going to be. The site, while still gathering information, already has some cons in there, and you can always let them know of ones they don’t have listed.

Hopefully the site catches on. It’d be great to have an easy-to-navigate place to see what’s going on in my area, as I just missed an awesome event in Boston recently.

It’s a simple idea, but an excellent one.

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Gamifying Public Service in Addis Ababa

Gamification AfricaThe German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), a development agency of the German government, is sponsoring a gamification hackathon [PDF] next month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Those with backgrounds in game design, coding, illustration, storytelling, or subject-matter expertise are all welcome, though applications are only being taken from citizens of African countries. For those accepted, GIZ will cover all travel expenses, accommodation, and meals.

The topics that participants may address during the event may include pretty much anything—such as healthcare, agriculture, sustainable development, education, art, or emergency management.

[via Tech Cabal]

The Real Police Precinct Game

NYPDOfficers pursuing a discrimination lawsuit against the New York City Police Department allege that commanders at the 122nd precinct improperly gamified law enforcement. They claim points were awarded for various accomplishments—such as one point for a misdemeanor arrest and one-and-a-half points for a felony arrest—and a minimum number of points were required to earn vacation and overtime, avoid certain duties, or even qualify for promotion.

[via New York Post]

TaleBlazerTaleBlazer is a software platform for the development of alternate reality games at museums, zoos, nature centers, living-history sites, and other educational institutions. Created by MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program, TaleBlazer allows such organizations to develop sophisticated location-based games using a simple browser-based scripting system.

TaleBlazer games can run on either iOS or Android devices and allow visitors to interact with virtual characters and objects triggered by their real-world locations.

At the Columbus Zoo, for example, one game has players acting as journalists studying global climate change, while with another players take on the role of detectives investigating a crime involving illegal wildlife trade.

NYU Game CenterThe NYU Game Center is looking to fill two full-time faculty positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. While teaching experience is a plus, the more important requirement is ongoing professional participation or research in the field of games.

Whether you are an industry veteran with triple-A experience who wants a chance to share your knowledge of the complex craft of game development, an independent developer exploring the experimental edge of game aesthetics, or a critical theorist asking questions about the fundamental nature and cultural context of games and play, we want to talk to you about joining the NYU Game Center.

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GamifyNew from IT research firm, Gartner, is Gamify, a primer on gamification from the business perspective. Part one of the book focuses on the value of gamification, part two on designing a gamified experience, and both on how to connect with players on an emotional level.

Author Brian Burke distinguishes between gamification and traditional loyalty programs… The key, he argues, is to design a gamified solution that will encourage “players” to achieve their own goals. In other words, the sweet spot for gamification objectives is the space where the business objectives and player objectives are aligned.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesEnter for a chance to win one of Shape magazine’s gift bags given to celebrities on Hollywood Game Night. The bag includes Bananagrams and Pictionary Frame Game.

Children’s charities can get Play Connects grants of up to $10,000 from the Toy Industry Foundation.

Lock ‘n Load Publishing is running a Tax Break Sale.

Funagain Games is running a Spring Cleaning Sale.

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesHappenate is giving away board game packages to three people who use the service to start a board game get-together—Pandemic, Sentinels of the Multiverse, and Mice and Mystics.

For 20% off purchases at Toys “R” Us online use coupon code “FRIEND20“. For discounts in-store, print this coupon.

Troll In The Corner is giving away three copies of Village Idiot.

Nordic Larp, the book that received the 2012 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming, is now available in digital form for free.

Atlas Games is giving away 20 copies of the TableTop Gloom Expansion to people who can’t attend International TableTop Day events.

The Army Painter is giving away one of everything, it’s whole line of miniature painting tools.

Enter for a chance to win tickets to GSummit San Francisco (gamification).

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purplepawn1_smToday, February 7th, marks the 6th anniversary of Purple Pawn’s launch! Congratulations to all involved—writers, editors, supporters, and you wonderful readers as well!

Six years ago, Yehuda Berlinger started Purple Pawn with the mission of publishing “game news across the board”. On that day, he began with articles about Ticket to Ride appearing in the Sally Forth comic strip and a charity board game event being held at Bowling Green State University.

Since then, we have published 6,187 articles and the site has been visited by over a million individuals! Over its 6 year history, Purple Pawn has had its ups and downs but the staff remains committed to providing you a source of news covering all types of games, and to work at making the site even better.

Thank you Yehuda for your vision. And thank you to my current colleagues Robert, Randy, Sam, and Thomas for keeping us going.

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