November 2016: ‘Illness’

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Ugh, it’s been a rough week trying to work up the courage to post November’s Blogs of the Round Table. With the weather taking a turn for the worse my fellow mammals and I have been seeking sanctuary in the great indoors. While that keeps us endotherms more or less dry and toasty, it’s made it a lot easier for all our durn germs to travel like they’re rounding out their tinder profiles. I’ve welcomed cold and flu season from inside a blanket fort with tea, my cat, and a backlog of handheld games not too far out of reach. There’s no two ways about it: being sick sucks. But if there’s a silver lining it provides an opportunity to reflect.

So this month we want to know all your thoughts on ‘illness’:

What is your go-to activity for a sick day? How do games themselves treat illness or health issues? Have you ever had to come up with a new form of play to overcome a lapse in your regular health? This November tell us all about status effects, viruses, pandemics, prognoses, pathogens, parapraxis and…pneumonia(?). We want you to relate how illness effects play, how play interacts with illness and the relationship between games and sickness.

You’ve got until the end of November to work up the strength to contribute, where we’ll cap off the year with a sequel in December (spoiler: it’s ‘healing’ 😉

In the meantime, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids while you work up your submission. Also, don’t forget that we’ve shaken up the format for #BoRT and every roundup we’re featuring a deeper and glossier overview of all our contributors. Now’s a great time to get on board! Check out last month’s roundup for a look at what I mean.

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Please email us your submissions or tweet them to @thecybersteam or @critdistance with the #BoRT hashtag. Happy blogging!

Suggestions for the Round Table:

  • Blogs of the Round Table is not curated. If you write it, we’ll publish it, as long as it’s connected to the topic and has been written specially for BoRT or up to one month prior.
  • Think of the BoRT topic as a starting point. Connecting your piece to the topic can be as creative as you want. We’re interested in writing about play, so be playful when you approach the round table!
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  • As a knight of the round table we encourage you to leave a comment on a blog to which you respond with a link to the response piece and give the original writer a ‘right of reply’. Keep the conversation going!
  • If your work contains potentially disturbing content, please include a suitable warning at the start.
  • You can submit as many articles as you like throughout the month, and it doesn’t matter if they are commercially published, paywalled or available for free but we will need a transcript for paywalled content to be approved.