Work in the Time of Corona Virus

Kickstarter funding fell by 40% in 1 week so, yeah :slight_smile:

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Yeah it is possible. There are no games specifically being designed for that. All “roll and write games can be played like that”. Also games like Roll Player, where you basically play parallel games and not against each other.
Cards against humanity could work easily.

Interesting idea. A fan of DnD and a good story teller would do a great job. I never played DnD or similar games because they require a significant time investment but I did something similar long time ago in creating scenarios for a fantasy video game.

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I think right now more people than usual would be up for that type of time investment. Maybe we could make a call for a story teller?

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Yep! When if not now? :smiley:


How much I miss RPGs. Especially Kult, but also good old D&D, and the live of Vampires The Masquerade

You could try Banagrams, if you don’t know/have it already; before I played it for my first time, I used to like Scrabble too… :wink:


I love how this conversation begins with coping with work and evolves into a hunt for board games.


Also a good time to read that really long novel you’ve wanted to read but never found the time. I do this to get away from the endless bombardment of news, most of which is either inaccurate, speculative or both.

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Since none of us really know how the events of the day are going to play out, I think it useful to take on a futurists way of looking at things. This is from the Institute for the Future on learning to think like a futurist:

In 2019, IFTF’s executive director Marina Gorbis wrote “Five Principles for Thinking Like a Futurist,” which lays out five actions you can take to better prepare your organization for the post-pandemic world. They are:

1) Forget about predictions

Instead of trying to make a crystal ball prediction about a single event in the future, pay attention to “the interconnection between technologies and society and economics and organizations” as a way to comprehend “big, complex transformations.”

Try this today:

Look at trend data directly and indirectly relevant to you or your organization. Imagine scenarios in which these trends are disrupted for one reason or another. What kind of plan could you put into place to adapt to these futures?

2) Focus on signals

Keep an eye out for signals of the future. Signals are “things or developments that are on the margins. They may look weird or strange. They are the kind of things that grab your attention and make you ask: ‘Why is this happening? What is going on here?’”

Try this today:

As you read, watch, and listen to information ask yourself, “Is this a signal from the future?” If you do this everyday, it will turn into a useful habit.

3) Look back to see forward

“While we cannot fully rely on past data to help us see the future, there are larger patterns in history that we tend to repeat over and over again.” Read about how people responded to previous economic downturns and pandemics and think about how you can apply past data to the present and the future.

Try this today:

Reading suggestions:

4) Uncover patterns

Former IFTF president Ian Morrison “argues that in any period of large transformation—which I think we’re going through now—we are simultaneously living along two curves.” The first curve represents today’s way of doing things, which will descend and be subsumed by a curve that represents an ascending new pattern.

Try this today:

Look at the signals that you collected from Principle #2 that could indicate the beginning of an ascending curve.

5) Create a community

“Thinking about the future is a collaborative and highly communal affair. It requires a diversity of views. We need to involve experts from many different domains.”

Try this today:

Use your social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, to connect with people from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest. Arrange physical meetings through Meetup, or communicate via Slack or Zoom.

By putting these core principles into action, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an effective long-term futures thinker.

My youth, relived.


yeah we need to just drop Zoom . Can we do something else @noemi @MariaEuler @kajafarszky @hires ? @felix.wolfsteller mentioned some alternatives that can work well even where people have suboptimal internet connection…

We have to have a dedicated team call with @noemi, @owen and @matthias (maybe ask @felix.wolfsteller to consult) to discuss that I think. And experiments with the new tool should happen in the team before we push for the new tool. I would not want to ask participants to change multi times in a few weeks.

no agreed - I would like to fully develop and use it ourselves. The question I was really asking is how do we need to additionally develop it for it to be our own default to replace zoom.

We’d just need a way of access-protected rooms. Since already integrates with ones account, that account should simply be used to filter which rooms a user can see and join.

ping @owen see :point_up_2:

We can implement this fairly quickly, if it means access to rooms via user ID. I’ll see what I can do today. The other priority is to improve the chat (basic notifications and platform export).

I’ll also clean up the code a bit and put it on GitHub

I propose you can use the Discourse groups feature for that. During the login process, you get notified about the group membership of users on Then there could be one video call room for each such group.

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