Kenneth Koch saw a sign in Kenya at a rail crossing: “Warning: One Train May Hide Another.” He wrote a poem about it, and mentioned many of the occasions when you focus on one thing and thus are oblivious to the larger thing bearing down on you.
We have an example of that this week. For one player at least, one game has hidden another – a focus on points blinding him to what the EVOKE gameplay is truly about.
It would be easy to punish occurrences like this (and indeed an adjustment will be made). But that is not the direction I hope we (meaning all of us) will go. Because I don’t think anyone fully understands what the EVOKE Network is and how it will go. No one’s play is perfect, nor need it be. If we award points, it’s for something we sense is worthy. If we delete points from a player, I would like it to be so he can earn them again in a way that his fellow players will deem worthy also.
Agent Jen Shaffer’s thoughtful post about conflict has generated a great discussion about the clash of these two games – be sure to read the varying points of view in the comments. And be happy – for this too shall pass. – Calida