Meanwhile, During the Rest of SILK 2018

31 March 2018 | Hisham | | Food, Teaching
 

The Symposium of International Languages and Knowledge was quite the event. Besides running the RPG workshop, I also sat in other talks, participated in other educational workshops and also had lots of food.

Here are some photos to show the experience I underwent at Walailak University, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand.

Hafiz!

WU was holding their 26th anniversary expo on campus, a big event we were told. SILK was scheduled to be held at the end of March in conjunction with their anniversary. We waited at the border for their transport to pick us up.

At The Modern Hotel

It took four hours for the two transports to deposit us at a hotel near their campus.

WU Expo Exploratory Team

That evening, a bunch of us went out to the expo site at the university in search of dinner. The expo site was big, along a single road on campus. There were vendors who sold food, flowers, furniture, agricultural gear with a live concert. Read the mouseover text for each image.

Bulbous things
 

Mini Six: Whiteout, or an RPG Workshop at SILK 2018

30 March 2018 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Teaching Plays, Role Playing Games, Teaching
 

This weekend I was honoured to be able to run a tabletop RPG workshop during the 2018 Symposium for International Languages and Knowledge which was held at Walailak University at Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Last year, SILK 2017 was held here in Perlis and was featured on the blog as well.

Here are some photos of the event with an actual play report of the game that I ran for the Thai students.

Cover
Interior

My name is somehow in this book.

The little abstract for the workshop which I submitted a couple of months earlier appeared in the programme book for the symposium.

There's a desk

The best part was when they gave me a desk with my name on it.

Parallel talk session were underway when I went to scout the room where I was due to run the workshop. I quickly set up the table and then did some last minute game prep for the coming participants.

The usual suspects

Why educators are NOT using RPGs to teach language at this point is beyond me.

Besides showing off the diversity of RPG systems, these book covers displayed side-by-side on the table can be quite pretty.

Setting up

Setting up is easy yet nerve-wracking.

 

A Weekend Without Irfan: Bukit Ayer

18 March 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Irfan went on a visit to Langkawi with his class over the weekend.

So Ain and I explored more of Perlis on Sunday. We found ourselves at the picnic grounds of Bukit Ayer and decided to stop for a bit to check out the site.

Here are the photos of the visit. Mouseover text are embedded upon these images so go forth and position your cursors appropriately.

Time to go exploring
A bridge
Looking upstream
 

A VCX-100 in Class for Some Reason

17 March 2018 | Hisham | | Star Wars, Teaching
 

A VCX-100 model transport made an appearance in class during lessons today.

A VCX 1000 in class

I used Kahoot for a live online exercise with my classes this week. The exercise covered Transition words. What better imagery can I use for Transitions other than hyperspace corridor scenes. Believe it or not by 2005 and after 6 major Star Wars motion picture releases, we were only shown two scenes of ships traveling though hyperspace. There were not one scene of it in the Prequel Trilogy.

Thanks to The Clone Wars and Rebels we now have dozens of hyperspace corridor shots.

Finally, the answer to the quiz above is "but".

 

Here's the Ohio Crew By The Way

04 March 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

We have been talking to Ayah Cik Vin, Cik Dik, Yaya and Adik the Younger on Skype more these days. Irfan's cousins are smart and loquacious young dudes and I enjoy talking to them. Yaya is a formidable artist and craftsperson for her age and Adik has a talent for music and languages.

it them

My niece and nephew will grow into amazing human beings.

 

New RPG Books

03 March 2018 | Hisham | | Books, Role Playing Games
 

Even with a proper job, I still find it difficult to order RPG books (or any type of books online) because of other obligations (i.e. bills to pay). So I thought I should look to alternatives for them. I had complementary copies of book in pdf form so why not we print some of them so we had dead tree versions to hold, touch and read in meatspace.

Mini Six

Perfect bound!

I have had Mini Six printed and bound in a comb binding format for many years. I thought it would great to have one perfect bound which would make it look nicer.

Meanwhile in the back!

On cardstock, the back cover of the book looks pretty even without fancy illustrations.

Bestiary!

Don't look now, but there is a hell hound in the interior pages.

White Star

Spahn's book!

I also printed out White Star by James Spahn. The cover looks epic. Tthe guy on the cover reminded me of Nathan Fillion in Firefly ever since I saw it the first time.

It's brown!

I believe I might run this game at some point, perhaps with a setting that is more a modern science fiction setting compared to Star Wars. With planetary jumpgates instead of spaceships, with incomprehensible aliens?