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This time: Scott Nicholson – Work Hard, Play Hard
Scott Nicholson is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, but don’t let his boring-sounding job discourage you from reading further. Let the poor quality writing, frequent grammatical errors, and gratuitous swearing discourage you from reading fucking further. Scott is also the director of the Because Play Matters game lab, which is dedicated to transformative games and play for informal learning environments, ostensibly for people who are afraid of, unaware of, or just plain don’t like real life.
Scott released his first board game, Tulipmania 1637, in 2009. The game was published by JKLM Games, which was liquidated in 2010. Scott still holds the rights to the game and will surely capitalize during the next boom in demand for tulip-based board games.
Scott is also a master of social media with a YouTube Channel featuring almost three hundred videos (mostly of him yammering on about some gaming nonsense), a Twitter account with over 2,600 (presumably bizarre and deranged) followers, and a Google+ account for some reason. Scott is perhaps best known to the online community for his now-defunct podcast “Board Games with Scott,” a series in which he reviews board games ad nauseum.
And if you thought you knew everything there is to know about Scott Nicholson from reading this terse and glib article about him, you’re wrong and an idiot. Scott is the lead artist at Pied Piper Painting, a face and body art company in upstate New York serving the needs of grownups, teens, and children with boring, hideous, or an absence of skin.
What does the future have in store for Scott Nicholson? One can only hope he will merge his love of board games with his prominent facial hair and create Beard Games. Until then, keep working hard and playing hard, Scott Nicholson.
Or watch his review of his own game, Tulipmania 1637: