Ask @meeplelikeus:

When was the most inappropriate time you bursted out in laughter?

During the 'in memorium' section of the closing plenary of a programming competition.
There was a reason.
But I don't think it would make me look any better in the retelling.
Suffice to say the entire back row of those I was with spent a good five minutes trying to suppress the laughter and the effort made it funnier for everyone else. I like to think we managed to make it look like weeping rather than giggling but I'm 95% certain that's not even close to being true.

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Paper or electronic literature? What is your choice?

Always paper if I'm at home and comfortable. I like the tactility of paper - books have a great user interface. However, a lot of the books I get through in a year are in audiobook format (during my commute) and more still in ebook format when I'm on my exercise bike. I have multiple bookcases full of paper books because I love them, but the convenience of electronic is hard to beat.

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Can I just thank you for doing these accessibility reviews? I'm a board game lover who is currently finishing up a master's degree in recreational therapy in the U.S., and your reviews are invaluable when I'm looking for games to play with patients. Thanks for what you do!

I'm so sorry this took so long to answer - I don't get a lot of traffic here so I rarely think to look. I'm delighted you've found the accessibility work helpful, and especially delighted that you've been able to use it when picking games. I'd love to hear more about what you're doing if you're happy to chat!

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What would you consider your favourite video game, And why?

DMA
Yeesh, this is an incredibly tough question. Probably my single favourite individual game is Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, but that's going up against other titles like Deus Ex., Monkey Island 2, Pirates!, the SSI gold box games and many more.
I think the game I have probably poured the most time into over my life is Civilization 4 though, although I think it's a bit weaker than SMAC. It's just SMAC Is so old now that its design conventions really rankle.

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Are you a social justice warrior?

I find almost everything that defines the alt-right to be regressive, fascistic and horrible. I believe society has serious structural inequalities that disadvantage many groups of people. I believe as a society we have a duty to ensure that we have as level a playing field as possible, and I take advantage of what platforms I have to agitate for that. In that respect, yes.
However, I also find the extremes of the 'social justice' movement to be unbearably sanctimonious. It's a culture where insufficient piety to the cause is deemed to be traitorous. It's an outrage economy fueled by self-important pronouncements on what is and is not acceptable in discourse. It's fundamentally regressive in exactly the same ways as the alt-right movement. It is unforgiving of nuance, and contemptuous of complexity.
The problem is, as it has always been, extremism. Look at any ideology that is causing harm in the world - it's not characterized by its fundamental tenets. It's characterized by the extremism of its followers.
I've been heavily criticized by individuals in the alt-right ecosystem. I've been heavily criticized by individuals in the social justice ecosystem. I'm too 'right on' for the alt-right, and too insufficiently pious for the social justice movement.
I like to think of myself then as occupying the 'social justice Goldilocks zone'. The good news is, that's where most people are. If you're going to have conversations about the kind of issues I discuss in my teardowns, then that's where you're most likely to find people willing to listen. I'm certainly much farther along towards the 'social justice' end of the zone than I am to the other, but I'm equally repelled by both extremes.

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I really appreciate what you're doing with Meeple Like Us. Do you have a Patreon for supporters?

At least at the moment, I consider the work I'm doing with Meeple Like Us to be partial fulfillment of my professional duties. I believe academics have a responsibility to communicate the results of their research in a way that is relevant to non-specialist audiences. While I'm certainly not employed to play board-games and write about them, this all falls into my general research area of 'accessibility in games'
As such, there is no Patreon for Meeple Like Us. Currently everything is done in my free time (such as it is) and as a result of spending my own money on the various board games I look at. At some point in the future, I might open up some kind of funding call to help subsidise that, but that point isn't here yet.
If you want to support the project, the best and easiest thing you can do is help signal boost our existence. Share posts, tweet links, submit interesting content on sites like Stumbleupon and Reddit. Comment on the site. Join us on Facebook[1]. All of that helps us build an audience and brings the topic of board game accessibility into greater public consciousness. Money is, comparatively, less important to the site for the moment.
[1] https://www.facebook.com/MeepleLikeUs/

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Would you be willing to give us a little bit of Kickstarter shoutout?

Generally, no - unless I have a pre-existing relationship with the person or persons behind the game. I'm not a big fan of Kickstarter in its current incarnation - it used to be a way for cool people with cool ideas for cool projects to get some support and funding. Now it's a platform for larger, established companies to invert the burden of risk from themselves onto consumers. For the most part, it would be hypocritical for us to recommend people back a game to which we ourselves have no existing link.
However! We're always prepared to consider guest submissions to the blog, so if you have something relevant to our blog's focus and would like to submit a guest article you can get in touch. I'm happy for you to plug your own kickstarter in that, provided the post is likely to be interesting to our audience.
You can find more of our policy on reviews/shoutouts here: http://meeplelikeus.co.uk/for-publishers/

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Do you review Kickstarter games?

Generally no, unless I have a pre-existing relationship with the person, or persons, behind the game. We're not a blog focused primarily on what's new, and given our interest in mapping out the accessibility landscape of tabletop gaming our remit tends to be with older and proven titles. You can find more info on our review policy here: http://meeplelikeus.co.uk/for-publishers/

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