I love you all so much, here's a bunch of links to help you through the week:
The Escapist tackles Games and Mythmaking. One article I particularly like is about a Hindu non-violent shooter game, if that makes any sense to you.
Next Generation has a list of fifty game related books, helpful for students of game design and game theory.
The Looking Glass has a nice article on the benefits of playing games. The article is by Dr Toy, and I found it via Bernie DeKoven. The article has a lot of interesting and useful links to follow.
Apparently there is a new hyped CCG on the scene called "The Spoils". It's not yet released, but you can download the rules and sample cards on their site.
More board games I never knew about:
Yet another sex ed game, this one called Contraception.
And a game called "Go Away, Monster!", which teaches children not to fear the monster under the bed.
The huge Alliance Game Distributors center in Fort Wayne, TX, holding 16,000 games and products, and host to a Retailer Summit next week.
Bridge in Baltimore, and how it used to be as popular as Poker is today.