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"I love all the bits": The Materiality of Boardgames. This paper presents findings from a study of boardgamers which stress the importance of the materiality of modern boardgames. It demonstrates that materiality is one of four significant factors in the player experience of tabletop gaming and describes four domains of materiality in boardgaming settings. Further, building on understanding of non-use in HCI, it presents boardgames as a unique situation of parallel use, in which users simultaneously engage with a single game in both digital and material, non-digital environments.   831k v. 1 29 Apr 2017, 03:02 Melissa Rogerson
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In this paper, we discuss the different ways in which modern European boardgames (“Eurogames”) are converted for digital play. We review digitised versions of three popular tabletop boardgames: Puerto Rico, Agricola and Ascension. Using these examples, we demonstrate the tension between the interaction metaphor of the original analogue medium and the metaphor of a digital game. We describe the importance of housekeeping chores to gameplay and position them as a form of articulation work, which is typically hidden by digital implementations. Further, we demonstrate the types of information that are created through digital play and discuss how this influences game play of both digital and physical boardgames.  29 Apr 2017, 02:59 Melissa Rogerson
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Extended Abstract prepared for DiGRA Australia, 2015. In this paper, we describe the importance of the physicality of boardgames to the experience of play. We identify four levels at which players seek to control or improve on the physical elements of their play experience: game components, including boards, tokens and pieces, game storage within or replacing the supplied box, the immediate play environment including tables, chairs, light and noise, and the wider home environment and availability of dedicated space for gaming. We show that this interaction with physical components and play environments is a key component of the pastime of boardgaming.  310k v. 1 29 Apr 2017, 03:00 Melissa Rogerson
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