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The SIG is rolling.

We have a google group that has been quite active lately and now we have a blog as well.

We are still formalizing the structure and procedures and prioritizing the projects and initiatives that we will be starting off with.

Some things that have been discussed are: game design challenges, standard game design document templates, speakers bureau, conference tie-ins and of course the obuquitous discussion on whether game design is art.



Most of us have at some point had to work insanely long days and even had to pull all-nighters. Keeping alert or just awake for those long stretches can be a challenge. But the mistake most of us do is to jack up on coffee and sugar too early.  I’m going to go through the most common stimulants and how they are best used.


The king of stimulants. A lot of people drink coffee out of an intense addiction and need it just to wake up. My first advice is to break the addiction. It is a much more useful stimulant if you don’t drink copius amounts of it every day (aside from the health benefits).

It’s most useful effect is that it aside from being a mild stimulant, it reduces the amount of melatonin in the body, which is a sleep hormone. The effects of a single cup of coffee lasts for around 6 hours so don’t drink it late in the evening if you need to be at work the morning after.

Best usage: A cup or two in the late afternoon or early evening if you need to stay up late. More than two cups will have limited, if any effect.

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We all love to take meeting minutes don’t we? Well here’s an advice: Do it!

There are quite a few reasons why they should be taken:

  • It gives people that couldn’t make it to the meeting a chance to follow up
  • It tends to make sure the meeting stays on track, especially if you have an agenda as well
  • It’s easier to remember what decisions were made. (How often haven’t you been at a meeting that went round and round so much you couldn’t remember what was decided on an hour later?)

There are also quite a few reasons why you should take them:

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