Tactics and Tactility is my blog exploring the nature of boardgames, looking at the moments that make us burst with joy while playing.
The idea is to talk less about mechanics, and a bit more about feelings, about what it means to be playing, and about why certain moments are so wonderful.
I want spend more time being thoughtful, and talking about a bigger range of ideas and feelings that come up during play. I want to carry on doing tiny think pieces exploring what I like about particular games, as well as the culture around boardgames that I think can teach us something about this joyful, playful, connective hobby.
I also want to start writing mini not-quite-reviews. Where I talk about a game I've played, and just generally about the feelings and stories that came out of the game. I won't be telling you if you should buy something, but I can tell you what made me laugh or cry or shout.
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Who the hell am I?
Nobody special, just a writer with a day job and more words than I know what to do with.
I mostly write about music, board games, and other weird things that crop up.
Here's some of my older projects and bits of work too:
- Queen: An Exploded Diagram - a post by post dissection of every Queen album, track by track.
- My music writing for The Monitors - something bordering on professionalism
- Unstruck - a writing and illustration game I played with a horde of collaborators. A question a day, a rushed five hundred words, a rushed illustration by someone else. We did it five hundred times. It was useful for me.
I'm a nonbinary trans person (so use they/them or ze/hir pronouns if you're talking about me) living in West Yorkshire. I've got some anxiety, social and otherwise, and depression issues, on top of trying to figure out my gender dysphoria and what to do with that. Sometimes that'll come up in my writing, sometimes not. Boardgames help me socialise and get to know people, so it's definitely relevant.